Thursday, November 11, 2010

Second Week Artist Residency

There are some beautiful hikes nearby the residency that eventually lead to Montserrat. I haven´t quite made it to the base of the mountain yet.  The weather here in the more mountainous region of Catalonia has been cool, around 14 degrees and mostly sunny. Great for hiking.

Yesterday I went into Barcelona to meet up with my friend Rebecca Crowell and her husband Don Ticknor from the U.S.  We met up at the Fundacion Antoni Tapies where we saw a small number of Tapies pieces and a terrific film about him and his work..  On the lower level of the museum was a retrospective of the work of Anna Maria Maiolino, an Italian-born artist who lives in Brazil.

The Tapies website says that Maiolino´s ¨complex works have developed through a variety of media: poetry, woodcuts, photography, film, performance, sculpture, installation and, above all, drawing. The wide spectrum of subjects, interests and attitudes that underlies her work does not follow a linear development, either in the work itself or in time. Rather, through the diversity of her work, she creates a web where themes and attitudes intertwine while meanings slip between one work and another. ¨

Leaving the work of Tapies and Maiolino, we caught the Metro to Parc Guell to see some of Gaudi´s work.

Parc Guell is a garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill of el Carmel in the Gràcia district of Barcelona. It was designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and built in the years 1900 to 1914. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Works of Antoni Gaudí"

Rebecca and I in Parc Guell overlooking Barcelona

Heading back to catch the bus to Can Serrat as the sun is going down. My feet are aching.


  1. Oh I am so jealous! It looks wonderful.

  2. HI Susan. It is wonderful and amazing to be so close to Barcelona for the month.

  3. Janice, how wonderful to see a picture of you and Rebecca together! Sounds like your trip has been very inspiring -- looking forward to the new work that is born from this experience.

  4. I was there just a few weeks ago, this makes me miss it alot. You got great photos of Maiolino's work, I saw the exhibition too and wrote something about it here if you are interested

  5. Wonderful! I love Barcelona, and was really inspired when I came across the Fundacion Tapies by chance. I had never heard of him before and was stunned by his wonderful use of his materials. My favourite was probably the huge rather grotesque painting of a foot. I wasnt very taken wirh the Gaudi architecture, my other favourite place in Barcelona is the Fundacion Joan Miro, another artist I had not heard of! And on my trip last year, I think it was the street art that struck me most. Thanks Janice, your blog is a real treat :)