Artist Talk: Pablo Guardiola

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© Courtesy of the Artist and Romer Young Gallery
Artist Talk: Pablo Guardiola

1240 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94107
March 30th, 2011 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Artist talk
Potrero District
Tue-Wed by appointment; Thu-Sat 11-5
artist talk, photography

Please join us on Wednesday evening, MARCH 30th at 7pm for an ARTIST TALK with Pablo Guardiola.

CONGRATULATIONS to Pablo for the recent reviews in the San Francisco Chronicle by Kenneth Baker and Art Practical by Brandon Brown. To check out the reviews, please click on the links. Guardiola's exhibition, Jet Travel, will be on view through Saturday April 9th.

I would like to be able to write a book that is only an incipit, that maintains for its whole duration the potentiality of the beginning, the expectation still not focused on an object. - Italo Calvino

Pablo Guardiola’s work references the poetic language found in everyday objects and the power of context in the creation of meaning. Through photographic and sculptural metaphors, Guardiola gives new meaning to objects, and weaves new stories. "Jet Travel" is structured as a series of incipits, a series of beginnings, much like the first few words of a text. Each piece begins, following the artist's own personal, poetic narrative, and is united alongside other poetic beginnings within the boundaries of one exhibition. In such, these non-stated chapters are inspired with a wanderlust, a space to permutate in multiple ways. They reveal the romantic and fascinating possibilities and potential for travel as they anticipate the viewer's participation in their actualization. What story will each viewer bring to it?; what story will each viewer take from it?; to what place will each viewer travel with each one?

Travel is always more of an idea in time and space. The various incipits in this exhibition explore and reflect upon the idea of how a place is rendered and the many ways in which travels are styled by discourse. A travelogue, considered as a simple and universal trope, is ideal to structure a narrative.  A story begins with travel at its most basic level, as a commonly used trope.  The mind is transported to another place. But trope is also based on the Greek noun tropos: “turn, direction, way” or as a verb: “to turn, to direct, to alter, to change." In these definitions, it proves perhaps to be more interesting. "Jet Travel" goes beyond the linear, narrative story and travelogue, exploring these endless turns and endless potentiality. This exhibition is 'a beginning which does not itself follow anything by causal necessity, but after which something naturally is or comes to be (Aristotle).'

PABLO GUARDIOLA lives and works in San Francisco. Guardiola was born in Puerto Rico. He completed a B.A. in European History at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan and an MFA in photography at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2005. He has exhibited his work at New Langton Arts, Little Tree Gallery, Galeria de la Raza in San Francisco and at the San Juan Museum of Contemporary Art in Puerto Rico, among many others. He was most recently published in FRESCOS, 50 Artistas Puertoriqueños Menores De 35 (50 Puerto Rican Artists Under 35).

For additional information please contact Vanessa and Joey at the gallery at 415.550.7483 or email