INTERVIEW: Albert Barqué-Duran Talks About his Work Featured In The Sciart Center Exhibition "The New Unconscious"
By Danielle Kalamaras
Web Editor at SciArt in America
Albert Barqué-Duran's work is featured in the virtual exhibition The New Unconscious currently on view on SciArt Center's website. The artist took the time to speak to me about his work and what the 'new unconscious' means to him as an artist:
Danielle Kalamaras: How do you define the "New Unconscious"?
Albert Barqué-Duran: Scientific knowledge has made significant advances since the Freudian studies on irrationality and the unconscious through psychoanalysis (fundamental pillars in the manifestos of the surrealist movement, for example). The “New Unconscious” is the labor that arises from the pursuit of scientific objectivity, but expressed figuratively through experiential subjectivity. My work proposes a reinterpretation-actualization of the surrealist movement through the contemporary knowledge about the human mind.
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What part does this unconscious play in your work?
Unconscious processes are present in all my work. Other cognitive processes such as memory or the way we take decisions play also a role in my paintings. These works presented here discuss the conceptual excesses, the melancholy, the wonder, the reflection and the sensitive violence. The pieces: Forget (?) and Timeless Perception or LOVE are a good example of that.
How does the unconscious affect your everyday perception and behavior?
As an artist, but also as a scientist doing research in decision-making, I’m aware that unconscious processes heavily influence the way I perceive, make judgments and behave. Experiences from my past (memory), my current mood (emotions) or my goals (decision-making) appear involuntarily/unconsciously in my paintings. I tried to capture this in the piece: A Journey Of and From the Mind.
What does "SciArt" mean to you?
I cannot imagine Science without Art or Art without Science. The combination of both is not an option but a necessity. Knowledge and its expression must coexist. As a researcher and an artist I use my artistic work as way to explain and disseminate science. For this occasion, I propose a reinterpretation-actualization of the surrealist movement through the contemporary knowledge about the human mind.
Albert Barqué-Duran's work is featured in the virtual exhibition The New Unconscious curated by Danielle Kalamaras. This exhibition features the work of 30 SciArt Center members. Click here to see all the featured artwork and to learn more about each artist.
The New Unconscious pop-up exhibition will be held October 3-4 with an opening on Saturday, October 2 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Live music and refreshments will be served.
The New Unconscious
The SciArt Center at Creations Gallery
89 Ave. C
New York, NY 10009
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