A powerful exhibition that draws attention to the endangered Albufera habitat will be on display until October, making it the longest-running exhibition in Centre del Carme…
The goal of art, they say, is to elicit emotions in viewers. The current exhibition, ‘Rondalla del Fang’ by artist Antonio Segura, more commonly known by his alias Dulk, accomplishes this in a matter of minutes. It is a simple but powerful exhibition that depicts the endangered wildlife of Albufera in two massive scenes.
The exhibition is hosted by the Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporània (CCCC) and will be on display until 17 October. It will be the longest-running exhibition in the history of Centre del Carme, and combines mural art, music, and sculpture to highlight both the beauty and, tragically, the environmental problems of Valencia’s Albufera national park.
Rondalla del Fang is divided into two rooms and depicts two distinct but linked scenes – above and below the water’s surface. A typical daily scene from Albufera, a pink flamingo with its head buried underwater in search of food, hidden in the mud and debris floating around, is recreated by fabulous sculptures, atmospheric lighting and painted walls all around.
There are no hidden messages. The truth is plain to see: our environment is so polluted that it is nearly impossible for wildlife to survive. The exhibition’s ironic title, ‘The Mud Fable’, says it all. There are many other elements that document this strong message hidden in the background, painted on the walls, on the ceiling, and within the sculpture, and you can spend quite some time deciphering it all. But in essence, we are presented with two distinct worlds – one that we see and one that we prefer not to see.
The exhibition features the work of Antonio Segura Donat – Dulk – one of Valencia’s best known young artists. Dulk presents himself on his website as an all-purpose artist who views any medium, including urban art, drawing, painting, and sculpture, as a challenge that he takes on with pleasure and determination. Born in 1983 in Valencia, he earned the nickname Dulk as an 18-year-old street graffiti artist. He graduated from Valencia’s Faculty of Fine Arts but, in his words, “found himself” while in the Erasmus exchange programme in Belgium, the land of comics and illustration.
The following review best explains his work: “Antonio Segura Donat (Dulk) is a hungry and insatiable all-terrain illustrator. Urban art, illustration and graphic design are his fields, his twisted imagination does the rest. His style is an explosive combination of influences like Caravaggio’s tenebrism or the obsessive detail brushwork of Flemish painting, all mixed with a bizarre, burlesque and affectionate touch that makes it compact, direct and very honest.”
Dulk has exhibited in a variety of locations, including his hometown of Valencia, as well as Rome, Los Angeles, Chicago, Vancouver, and Honolulu. However, he has also created a large number of graffiti works, on display in over 20 different countries.
Last year, creating the Falla Municipal, Dulk ventured for the first time into this work, the most traditional of any art forms in his native city. This Falla, named ‘Protect what you love’, symbolises one of his main preoccupations since he was a child, that of our environment. This motive is constant in most of his works, and it is also what makes him unique.
From now until 17 October; Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporànea; Tuesdays to Sunday, 11:00am to 9pm; admission, free
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