PAULA VALDEÓN LEMUS
ALBERTO GIL CÁSEDAS
Pep Llabrés, director and owner, counts with a long haul of experience inside the art world at his back. He has been working for almost two decades in Joan Oliver’s art gallery “Maneu”, of which the last eight years as director. The final part in the mentioned gallery was set as an objective to change the gallery’s exhibition line, ceasing to be an exhibition centre focused mostly on local artists. Moreover, he was the president of the Independent Association of Art Galleries, also known as AIGAB, a position from which he resigned when the gallery that he ran closed its doors in November 2014.
It was in April 2015 when the inauguration of his own exhibition space took place, under the name of PEP LLABRES ART CONTEMPORANI, located on the street Sant Jaume, in Palma. The main purpose of this new gallery was to continue with the tendency that he had begun to highlight in his previous work that is putting faith in young artists that were not only from the local area, together with the incorporation of other artists whose projections were more consolidated. In the vast majority of exhibitions, there is a clear idea of encouraging the participation of the audience, artists, commissioner, as well as any other type of event related to the exhibition.
The gallery has an identity marked by abstract languages, in many cases linked to geometry. This geometric feature is understood in both the two-dimensional and volumetric scope. This group of artists offers us their peculiar vision of space in their creations. Their works deal with more organic situations, and in other cases, they develop their imaginary under constructivist strata of greater demand and norm. Other creators linked to the gallery break this identity at specific moments by proposing different languages which range from figuration to abstraction.
At this new phase, he has organised exhibitions of Natasha Lebedeva, Eok Seon Kim, Ruben Torras Llorca, Gilbert Herreyns, Aina Albo Puigserver, Manu Blázquez, Maria Colom, Mateu Bauzà, Cati Cànoves, Fèlix Coll, Juan Francisco Casas, Monika Buch, Grip Face, David de Felipe, 2monos (Nicoletta Mantoan y Alejandro Dumon), Robert Ferrer i Martorell, Guiem Aulí. Furthermore, he has presented collective exhibitions thanks to the participation of guest artists such as Carlos Cartaxo, Alejandro Botubol, Fernando Soberats, Ramón Trias, Amable Villaroel, Jeremi Ca. Some of them have later become artists of the Gallery, as well as other collective ones with artists which have a more consolidated projection such as Jaume Plensa, Herminio, David Rodriguez Caballero, Pep Llambias, Wiston Roeth, Donald Sultan, Peter Zimmermann, John Charberlain, Miquel Barcelo, Eduardo Chillida, Antoni Tàpies, Joan Miró, etc.
Another Gallery’s aim is the participation in fairs, both national and international; ArtMadrid (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), JustMad Madrid (2019, 2020), JustLX Lisboa (2018,2019), Marte Castellón (2018, 2019, 2020), Estampa Madrid (2018, 2019, 2020).