13 july – 8 october
Rooms 4 and 5. First floor
Next Thursday July 13th at 19:00, The Eugenio Granell Foundation presents “Calle Cervantes: The Art of Collage by David Coulter”, a project curated by Allan Graubard, open to the public until October 8th.
“Here’s the story. When we visit Madrid, the pension that Kate and I usually stay in is on Calle Cervantes in the Barrio Letras. There is a laundromat at the top of the street, near the corner with Calle Leon. Next to the laundromat was a very discreet (but not that discreet) brothel. Who knows, it may still be there”. (David Coulter, personal communication, 2022).
A real place, an imaginary place, somewhere to live on and walk through, somewhere to dream about and transform, the quotidian infused by adventure at every turn. This place identified by name — Spain’s finest author – comic and tragic, realist, fantasist and commentator on what was – speaks to David Coulter’s art precisely. It’s where David lives, too, and where his art roots from and flowers.
Calle Cervantes is a place where commedia refines contemporary masks, and what is morphs into what can be, what desire seeks and the imagination grants. From the street up as if weightless, David Coulter explores our contemporary world in this, his theatre of imagery. His is a restless art. With a painter’s hand and a surgeon’s finesse, he works his collages –rich with stories we know so well, fed by issues we grapple with so much: from disease to our social, cultural and political conflicts, and all the laughter, loves, excuses, wit, struggles, power plays, hopes, joys and despairs that they and we conjure. Eclectically drawn to illustrations from trade publications – magazines, children’s books, movie posters, textbooks, you name it, whatever intrigues or compels him – David Coulter builds alternate worlds. Don’t be shy. The door is open. Enter. In this theatre, surprise, passion, critique, and humor await you …
Allan Graubard. Curator