Francesc Ruiz | Les Esses at IVAM

Over 3.600 “esses” made the installation that Francesc Ruiz (Barcelona, 1971) has created specifically for Galeria 5 at IVAM in Valencia. Using as a starting point a minumum element such as the letter “s” and the use it was given by the so called Nueva Escuela Valencia de Comic, Ruiz explores the different possibilities on style and narration that comic is able to as a transmisor o generator of culture or even as a political tool.

The languages of comics have gradually acquired enormous social weight in various sectors by linking popular culture with historical connections with Pop Art, drawing and illustration.

Francesc Ruiz has made this the medium with which he develops his projects, creating installations or sculptures that have led his work to generate a terminology of its own, the expanded comic, as a designation for a way of making comics that expands beyond cartoon images, presenting games that involve interaction with the viewer.

In this exhibition, which concentrates basically on drawing, moving to the terrain of the comic and the cartoon in order to tell stories directly to the public, Francesc Ruiz will create a complex, stimulating visual world that opens up multiple critical readings of a narration connected with specific urban settings.

Francesc Ruiz (Barcelona 1971) has shown his work in MNCARS (Madrid) or la Fundaciò Mirò de Barcelona and participated in group shows in Weserburg Museum (Bremen), CA2M(Madrid), New Museum (Nueva York), Carrè d’Art (Nimes), MUSAC (León) and MACBA (Barcelona). Lives and works in Barcelona.
He will be in the Spanish Pavillion in the next Venice Biennale 2015.

From 19th February to 30th August 2015
Opening 19th February 2015, 20 pm