"Zweiklang (Dyad)" (the paper: 103.2 x 36 cm; the frame: 106.2 x 39 cm) is a drawing that was typed with a traditional, however, extra wide typewriter (supposedly meant for book keeping matters and thus also equiped with very small types). In this drawing Ignacio Uriarte has only typed slashes, one after the other. He started with one slash, typed two slashes in the second and three slashes in the third row and so on. By following this automatic process (that reminds us of computerized algorythms or industrialized production processes) he typed triangles on the elongated paper, which he did not pull through the typewriter orthogonally, but tilted. And since he was mixing the two possible colors black and white and since he produced overlaying triangles, he also created the optical effect of moiré. The visual result is much less somber and much livelier than what we think when we imagine the bureaucratic process. Also, the cascades of triangles can remind us of economic processes and by doing so, Uriarte connects his drawing to where he comes from (education-wise: the business sector).
In general, Uriarte (*1972 in Krefeld, lives in Berlin) is dealing in his work with the topic of the daily office-routine and he is working with / deconstructing materials that can be found in any kind of office. With these materials he creates drawings, installations, photographs and other works that have a poetic quality and that deal with questions of time, structure, order and monotony as they do deal with the creative potential in seemingly inefficient minutes at work, when – for instance – during a conversation one of the participants scribbles on a pad. With his conceptual approach as well as by using the materials of the office, he is creating a Dadaist link between the two worlds of work and art.
Uriarte began his professional life working in commercial companies like Xerox or Siemens. At a certain moment in his life he decided that he could not stand any longer his daily routine in the office. Thus, he decided to become an artist – mainly self-taught, partly with an academic education in video and film. He is enjoying a lot of success since this monumental change of direction. His works have been shown in a lot of international solo- as well as group-exhibitions:
Art and Alphabet at Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg (g); EchtZeit, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn (g); Bürozeit, Kunstmuseum Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach (s); Drawing now, Albertina, Vienna (g); The Bottom Line, SMAK Ghent (g); The sound of a line, Fondation Hermès, Tokyo (g); Unos y Ceros, MARCO, Vigo (s); Binaries, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City (s); Line of work, The Drawing Center, New York (s); Arbeitsraum, Deutsches Architektur Zentrum, Berlin (s); Origo, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna (g); WORKS, Centre d’Art La Panera, Lleidao and Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (s); Rotation 2, Ruler Space, Helsinki (g); Quatre sets de geometria I un full de paper, Arts Santa Mónica, Barcelona (g); Preferiría no hacerlo, Casa des Lago, Mexico City (g); Bürokünstler, Leopold Hoesch Museum, Düren (s); Verwaltungstakte, Stiftung für konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen (s); 210 x 297 cm, Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurth am Wörthersee (s); xyz, Museo ABC, Madrid (s).
His works have been collected by:
ARTIUM, Vitoria; Berlinische Galerie, Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur, Berlin; Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin; Colección del Banco de España, Madrid; Colección JUMEX, Mexico City, Mexico; Colección La Caixa, Barcelona; DZ Bank Kunstsammlung, Frankfurt/Main; FRAC Piemonte, Fondo Regionale Arte Contemporanea, Turin; Collection FRAC Lorraine, Fonds Régional d’Art; Collection zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Contemporain de Lorraine, Metz; Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander; Kunstmuseum Villa Zanders, Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Sammlung Kunst aus Papier, Bergisch Gladbach; Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin; MKK Museum für konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt; Munich RE Art Collection, Munich; MUSAC, León; Collection Philara, Düsseldorf; Collection Schering Stiftung, Berlin; Collection Schroth, Soest; Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich.