“Fusta, ferro, paraula” by Jordi Casabona
Avinguda de Catalunya, 2
From 10th June to 23rd July
Jordi Casabona i Barbarà (Barcelona, 1957) is a medical doctor and writer trained in epidemiology and public health in the United States who has devoted his professional career to the prevention and control of communicable diseases both nationally and internationally, and who also combines his scientific activity with writing and cultural activity. This is his first public exhibition of his sculptures.
Besides his multiple scientific articles in his speciality, his literary production includes more than 100 opinion articles in the written press (El Periodico, La Vanguardia, El Punt/Avui), short stories in the literary magazine Bossanova (Mallorca, 2004), three books of poetry (En la mesura del Angles, Ed. Columna, Barcelona, 1998; “Del Alba a su Pesar”, Ed. Calima, Madrid, 2005 i Més enllà de la sorra, Ed. El Pont de Petroli, Badalona, 2016), and the participation in the collective work of travelling doctors “Doctor … supongo” (Ed. Ikusager, Bilbo, 2012). He has given several conferences on Poetry and Medicine.
In 2017 he began to make sculptures, a sample of which is presented in the exhibition “Fusta, ferro, paraula” at the Art Amill space.
In the words of the author, “I was interested in having the first exhibition at Carles Amill’s house, as a small tribute to the friendship we had in the United States and Catalonia”.
“Fusta, ferro, paraula” is a collection of 24 works made with found materials, often from the sea, with the common intention of highlighting the generic concept of “unity” as a reflection of the capacity for immanence and transcendence of the human being. The author attempts to do this by using different materials with simple compositions and accompanying each piece with a wisdom text from different religious cultures.
As Jordi Casabona says, “poetry is also a way of knowledge, and if ancient words and a touch of beauty help us to know ourselves better, perhaps they can also make us a little wiser”.
Who we are
artAMILL is the headquarters for the association that bears Carles Amill’s name.
The space is in Vinyols, a small village in Tarragona’s province where Carles stablished his art studio to the end of his life.
The association is a private, non profit, stablished a few years back, by a group of friends in his memory.
For Carles, art wasn’t solely a form of expression. He was also involved in the study and history of art, as well as his techniques and procedures.
The association mission…
An art gallery-workshop located in the very center of Vinyols I els Arcs.
A precious town within Baix Camp, right next to Reus,
and about a hundred kilometers south of Barcelona.
Vinyols was the spot chosen by Carles Amill in 1999 to set up his art studio.
It’s a quiet village at the skirt of soft hills looking at the Mediterranean sea.
Vinyols is growing as a dorm for the more industrial areas of Reus
and Tarragona but keeps its charm and is very conveniently
located, at 100Km South of Barcelona.
Elegy for Carles Amill
by Mick Stern, April 2004
He lived in caves in gypsy neighborhoods, cavernous studios without much light except the light from his paintings.
One night in Brooklyn he invited me to remove my shoes and walk shut-eyed across a canvas laid out on the cement floor to feel the voluptuous thickness of pigment through the feet of my soul.
It was after his blue period of potatoes and stone walls, but before the architectural facades and drawings of fire.
He lived his vocation like a medieval monk, didn’t understand the big hurry of modern life.