Elbi Elem: Detachable Kinetic “Resistance” in Badalona, Catalonia

Unveiled during an opening a week ago, a dynamic new blue resistance is on display in this inaugural space at the University of Badalona (Catalonia). A serrated kinetic mobile turning slowly as artist Elbi Elem brings her spray can inside for finishing aerosol touches the cerulean abstract.

Elbi Elem. “Resistance” for Recien Pintado Project. Baladona, Spain. (photo © Elbi Elem)

The muralist had been creating dimension on walls with paint and geometric assemblage for years, eventually popping out from the wall in 3-d sculpture. Now she is creating with metal, wood, and PVC – and hanging free, gently gyrating and re-casting shadows in public space in new ways that electrify her mind and imagination.

Elbi Elem. “Resistance” for Recien Pintado Project. Baladona, Spain. (photo © Elbi Elem)

The show is called RECIÉN PINTADO  (Just Painted) and she shares this suspended installation in the space with artists like Bre, Chan, Sm172, Dagoe, Spogo, Crajes, Ruben Sanchez, Juan Chacón and Marcos Navarro. Curated by Spogo and Martí Noy with the support of the Badalona City Council, the show marks another significant milestone in the ongoing movement from street to formal exhibition space.

Elbi Elem. “Resistance” for Recien Pintado Project. Baladona, Spain. (photo © Elbi Elem)

For Elbi Elem the new work is an opportunity inside a space “that may normally go unnoticed,” she says. “The dimension that unites the material elements is full of energy and somehow I think that its life is created between it, me, and my emotions is on display. All of this is embodied in the final work and the space itself is filled with it, transforming it. ”

Elbi Elem. “Resistance” for Recien Pintado Project. Baladona, Spain. (photo © Elbi Elem)
Elbi Elem. “Resistance” for Recien Pintado Project. Baladona, Spain. (photo © Elbi Elem)
Elbi Elem. “Resistance” for Recien Pintado Project. Baladona, Spain. (photo © Elbi Elem)
Elbi Elem. “Resistance” for Recien Pintado Project. Baladona, Spain. (photo © Elbi Elem)
Elbi Elem. “Resistance” for Recien Pintado Project. Baladona, Spain. (photo © Elbi Elem)
Elbi Elem. “Resistance” for Recien Pintado Project. Baladona, Spain. (photo © Elbi Elem)
Elbi Elem. “Resistance” for Recien Pintado Project. Baladona, Spain. (photo © Elbi Elem)
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