Rubén Grilo (Lugo, 1981) uses his work as a tool to explore the mechanics of subjectivity: how it is constituted, where its limits lie and what is its potentiality. His work often makes reference to the thresholds of perception, to the scale of the human body, to the mechanics of affect and to narratives that culturally reinforce the myth of the subject, such as creativity, personality or style. Although many of these elements appear on a recurring basis and some of his pieces are formulated with strong internal logic, Grilo deliberately avoids interpretation. On the contrary, his work can be understood as a changing and autonomous system in tension with the environment, time and space in which it is exhibited. His installations invite us to review the artificial separation between text and context, between interior and exterior, between experience and knowledge, between information and noise.

Selected works

Pattern Free. Ripped from Zara, Indigo Version I

2013
Laser washed and ripped denim replicating worn jean patterns from Zara, metal structure and hair ties
208 × 93 × 36 cm ( 81 78 × 36 58 × 14 532 inches )

Here, There, Mirror, Hole Through, Against. Snake and Mouth

2010
Poster, wooden shelf, laser cut acrylic mirror, plywood and plexiglas
84 × 118 cm ( 33 116 × 46 1532 inches )

The benefit of Ignorance

2008
Found objects, glass vitrines and plinths

U-Scr "YooScreen" from "Screen Alphabet"

2011
High-gain screen projection foil stretched on painted steel tube
60 × 50 × 38 cm ( 23 58 × 19 1116 × 14 3132 inches )

Dvt is de garen mathe (para Hildesheim)

2014
Laser-cut indigo denim mounted on plasterboard
180 × 120 cm ( 70 78 × 47 14 inches )

To Whom it May Concern

2016
Plastic, PVC sheaths, cork, polyurethane resin on extruded polystyrene, polypropylene cord, plaster of adobe, straw bales and pallet
Dimensions variable

Victor's, Marta's, Marcia's, Lorenzo's, Inga's, Han's, Gillian's and Brandon's

2016
Painted cast resin, pilgrim's walking sticks parts, custom dye sublimation, bindles, baling twine, nylon straps, threaded bars and nuts and straw

Untitled

2016
Tinted hard plastic, magnets, aluminum foil, powder-coated steel sheet, rivets
118 × 156 cm ( 46 1532 × 61 1332 inches )

5 Nestle Aero, 3 Niederegger Lubeck Marzipan Classic 10 Bites, 4 Lindt 10 Bites, 2 Green & Black's Thin Milk Chocolate 8 Bites (aprox.), 3 Kit Kat 16 Bites, 2 Galaxy Smooth Milk 42 Bites, 3 Lindt 30 Bites (about), 1 Reese's Filled with Peanut Butter 15 Bites, 5 Nestle 50 Bites a.o.

2016
Tinted hard plastic, magnets, aluminum foil, powder-coated steel sheet, rivets
133 × 93 × 3 cm ( 52 38 × 36 58 × 1 316 inches )

1 Milka Avellanas Enteras 32 Bites (Aprox), 3 Lindt 30 Bites, 1 Smarties Sharing Block 16 Bites, 4 Kit Kat 16 Bites, 5 Nestle Aero 28 Bites, 3 Green & Black`s Thin Milk Chocolate 8 Bites, 4 Valor 11 Bites and 2 12 Bites, 3 Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations Cookie Nut Crunch 16 Bites, 2 Reese ́s Filled with Peanut Butter 15 Bites, 4 Niederegger Lubeck Marzipan Classic 10 Bites, 2 Galaxy Smooth Milk 42 Bites

2016
Tinted hard plastic, magnets, aluminum foil, powder-coated steel sheet, rivets
179 × 73 × 2.5 cm ( 70 1532 × 28 34 × 3132 inches )

Mongrels

2019
Air-brushed and hand-painted polyurethane cast plastic elements mounted on a brushed stainless steel tray
each: 179 × 83 × 4.5 cm ( × 32 1116 × 1 2532 inches )

Installation

Indigo Eye

2019
CentroCentro
Madrid

Proof of Concept

2016
Union Pacific
London

La Collection mise à nue par ses artistes, même

2016
La Maison de La Vache Qui Rit
Lons-le-Saunier

Wow! Woven? Entering the (sub)Textiles

2015
Künstlerhaus
Halle für Kunst & Medien (KM–)
Graz

Gasworks’ Residencies

2015
Gasworks
London

Cuando las líneas son tiempo

2015
Espai 13
Fundació Joan Miró
Barcelona

Mit eigener Hand

2014
Kunstverein
Hildesheim

PowerPoint Karaoke

2013
MARCO
Vigo

The Need For Speed

2013
CIRCA Projects
Newcastle

8a Biennal d’art Leandre Cristòfol

2013
Centre d'art la Panera
Lleida

Material World

2013
Nest
The Hague

RijksakademieOPEN

2011
Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten
Amsterdam

Exhibitions

Flatland

Barcelona
Jan 13 - Mar 23, 2018
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Solo

Madrid
Nov 19, 2016 - Jan 14, 2017
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WATCHDOG-LAPDOG-PLAYDOG

Barcelona
Apr 02 - May 07, 2016
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Sudden Glory

Madrid
Sep 20 - Nov 10, 2012
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Ref. 08001

Barcelona
Jun 10 - Jul 31, 2010
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