Pati Baztán studied landscaping, photography, drawing and painting, and has a PhD in architecture. Her work is focused in looking for emotion, out of aesthetic and realism. The monochromatic abstraction is the language she uses to create powerful and atypical works.The artist reveals: “I’m interested in the astonishment art can generate and I’m not looking for socially accepted beauty, or absolute control that erase intuition. On the contrary, I’m looking for the emotion that puts the human being in its more animal and primitive state, where you only feel. The day that a horse, a dog, a sheep or a monkey faint in front of one of my works, I will have finished my quest.”
“DON’T TOUCH, just painted” for the 12+1
For this intervention, Pati Baztán wanted to make people react with a huge black outline. The artist comments that as we are saturated with a lot of advertising and graffiti, usually colorful, she decided to surprise with a work in black and white that would make people stop and think about it.
“It’s about painting a huge outline, out of human scale, that seems painted with a gigantic brush or paint roller; Something that doesn’t look like a work of art, or elaborated, but that looks like unachieved, a huge impossible outline from some wall painter who get tired and left before finishing the mural.
Where is the limit between emotion and judgement? Does beauty need aesthetic?
The second edition of the “12+1”ends with this intervention and will be completed by a collective exhibition in January 2018. Each artist will purpose a work of art complementary to his mural, in order to keep thinking about the place of urban art in the city.
Pictures: ©Clara Antón
12+1 is a proposal put forward by Contorno Urbano: 12 artists, 12 months, one 50 square metre wall, one artistic intervention per month and one final exhibition, presenting each of the artists’ unique work. 12+1 is an open-air art gallery, one which changes each month. A unique vision which problematizes the way we exhibit urban art, and the place of these artworks in the city.
The project aims to create a space for open dialogue in the city with the highest population density in Europe, in an area which sees over 7000 passers-by each day.
You can find the wall at Calle Rosalía de Castro, just opposite the L1 metro exit for Torrassa, in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona.
Artists winners for 12+1 2017:
Roc Blackblock, Murone, Hosh, Miedo 12, BYG, Irene López León, Pati Baztan, Laura Llaneli, Elbi Elem, Fernando León, Edjinn, Miquel Wert.
Contorno Urbano is the first Foundation in Spain to be fully dedicated to street art and graffiti. The team has
over 10 years’ experience in murals and urban art dissemination, as well as having worked on international
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