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Oostende, 2017 - Oriol Vilanova

Oostende, 2017

Oriol Vilanova

Mixed Media
49 x 11 x 3 cm / 19.29 x 4.33 x 1.18 inch
Edition of 13 copies, signed and numbered by the artist on certificate

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  • Medium: Vintage postcards on wooden shelf
  • The shelf measures 49 x 2 x 2 cm, the postcards measure 14,7 x 10,5 cm each
  • This work doesn't need to be framed - you can install it immediately
  • Ships in 5 to 10 business days from Brussels (BE)

about this work

This edition is a Billboard Series Support Edition, made in the context of Billboard Series #07 with Oriol Vilanova. 

In his signature style, Vilanova juxtaposes three identical vintage postcards of a sunset on a custom-made wooden shelf. The sunset is pictured in close-up, rendering the image almost abstract. With no recognizable geographical features depicted - just the sun going down in the sea - the postcard could come from almost anywhere. By titling the work Oostende - after the Belgian coastal town where Vilanova found the postcards - the artist tackles the generic character of the image.

The postcards show small traces of their life at the seaside - having been presented on the boardwalk, in the sun and salty sea air. 


about Oriol Vilanova

°1980, Manresa (ES) – lives and works in Brussels (BE)

Oriol Vilanova visits flea markets all over the world to collect antique postcards. The cards he buys can depict everything: from kittens to architectural highlights and from archeological artifacts to sunsets. These postcards can be seen as mass-produced reliquaries, tangible memories or souvenirs from places or periods.

Vilanova’s collection contains over thirty-four thousand postcards, which he classifies in over one hundred sections, and presents accordingly. The most interesting section would be the one reserved for cards the artist calls ‘unclassifiable’ – as they are often the starting point for new ways of making sense of this ever-growing collection.

Oriol Vilanova has had solo shows at institutions such as Fundació Tàpies, Barcelona; CA2M, Madrid; M-Museum, Leuven; L'Appartement 22, Rabat; Nottingham Contemporary and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Group shows include FRAC, Nord Pas-de Calais; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich; Kunsthalle, Mulhouse; FormContent, London; Jeu de Paume, Paris; and MACBA, Barcelona.

Oriol Vilanova is represented by the following gallery;
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Parra & Romero, Madrid / Ibiza

You can also discover more of Oriol Vilanova’s work on his own website.

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