OPN Studio – Bilbao, Spain

Sincronica II (detail photo) Year: 2010 Size: 130 x 190 x 15 – 40 cm (variable) Materials and Technic: Stainless Steel and robotic.

Sincronica II (detail photo)
Year: 2010
Size: 130 x 190 x 15 – 40 cm (variable)
Materials and Technic: Stainless Steel and robotic.

Briefly describe the work you do. 

Our investigation reflects on the individual as a social being in a broad context. The work unifies several fields : Art , Science and Technology, deepens topics as present as individualism, isolation, narcissism and social behavior among others, through new technologies, such as electronics, robotics, video and interactive installation as the primary means of expression and direct transmitter, thus facilitating reflection by creating a more direct dialogue with the viewer.

Tell us about your background and how that has had an influence on your work and on you as an artist.

Both we combine complementary training based on, Art, Design, Programming, Mechanical, Electronics and Audiovisual that clearly mark all our line of work. That’s why our media is technology.

The concept of the artist studio has a broad range of meanings in contemporary practice. Artists may spend much of their time in the actual studio, or they may spend very little time in it. Tell us about your individual studio practice and how it differs from or is the same as traditional notions of “being in the studio.”

Well, during our beginning, We spent most whole 5 years inside our studio, thinking, sketching, designing and developing some of our early works. After this intensive period of time a new stage came, a new reborn, fresh ideas, further perspectives, renewed minds, all of them in relation to the maturity we got during the past phase.

Actually, our work and investigation has new views, therefore new methodology, new studio concept and new artists in body and soul.

Sincronica II (detail photo) Year: 2010 Size: 130 x 190 x 15 – 40 cm (variable) Materials and Technic: Stainless Steel and robotic.

Sincronica II (detail photo)
Year: 2010
Size: 130 x 190 x 15 – 40 cm (variable)
Materials and Technic: Stainless Steel and robotic.

What roles do you find yourself playing that you may not have envisioned yourself in when you first started making art?

Speaker, public relations, traveler, businessman / businesswoman, promoter, carrier, assembler, designer, community manager, seller, accountant…and finally Art works.

When do you find is the best time to make art? Do you set aside a specific time everyday or do you have to work whenever time allows?

Inspiration = Art

Synesthesia II – Grapheme colour Date: 2014 Dimensions: 40 x 40 x 3 cm Materials/Technique: Infrared LED’s, mirror, electronics.

Synesthesia II – Grapheme colour
Date: 2014
Dimensions: 40 x 40 x 3 cm
Materials/Technique: Infrared LED’s, mirror, electronics.

is welcome at any time. We mean, life and our environment is the showcase which help us to generate new dialogues. Artists, designers, creatives in a wide range are always working at any time, heads never stop, too many information around us everyday. And any place or situation could be the unique chance to print the idea, so choose a medium.

The best time to develop the idea…if we could choose a time, it’d be the exactly moment when you get the impulse to keep on thinking about that idea. It’s the right time!

How has your work changed in the past five years? How is it the same?

Materials and media have evolved or changed, sometimes just a reason of technology transition others not. The factor experimentation with other materials and media is inevitable. Other wise, we still taking under consideration our usual statement.

How have people such as family, friends, writers, philosophers, other artists or even pop icons had an impact on the work you do?

Culture, lectures, music, draws, pics, dialogues, texts, happiness, disappointment, fear, love, are all inspiration.

Knowledge opens you up as a person and expands who you are, just as much as it can expand your work.

Have you ever been pulled in the direction of a pursuit other than being an artist? What are your other interests? 

When you are little your imagination wanders and shows you a future with multiple pursuits such as ship captain, car designer, secret agent, scientist, treasure hunter…

As a pair we share different training and interests, we enjoy a mutual enrichment.  

About

DualThe investigation, takes under consideration the individualism, the isolation and the conception of the individual as a social being, as well as the analysis of its instinctive reactions, which face the unknown, the “non-scheduled”, the undefined, its observations and affiliation pursuit, the claim for recognition. All this analytic thinking in which diverse personal agents from the individual itself are considered, it triggers the beginning of conversation, of interaction, of experimentation, of discovering…, which transmits unique personal experiences.

The art piece is based in several factors which include dynamism, movement and synchronization, giving birth to living entities through the optical illusions, the mechanical kineticism and the robotics, by way of exploring inorganic shapes which are not defiled by the coercion of the social perception, that transmute through the abstraction to a conceptual readjustment.

To achieve all these conceptions, our medium is the creation of shadows, reflected lights and sensors which interact directly with the visitor, obtaining as a final upshot an “alive theatre”.

Our studio

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About 365Artists/365Days

The purpose of this project is to introduce its readership to a diverse collection of art that is being produced at the national and international level. Our goal is to engage the public with information regarding a wide array of creative processes, and present the successes and failures that artists face from day to day. The collaborators hope that this project will become a source for exploring and experiencing contemporary art in all its forms.
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