Category Archives: Cut-Outs

First Circle

SIGN – Tentoonstellingsruimte voor Jonge Kunst

From 10th September to 9th October 2011

Winschoterkade 10 , 9711EA – Groningen. The Netherlands.  Tlf 050-3132651 

Open: Tue-Sat 12.00 – 17.00h + Sun 14.00 – 17.00h

Sign -tentoonstellingsruimte voor Hedendaagse Beeldende Kunst- is pleased to present First Circle, David Maroto’s first solo show devoted to this long-term project. After the Second Circle project (2005-06, which took place in TENT. Rotterdam, and W139 Amsterdam), David embarked in the development of its twin circle, which both precedes and is a continuation of it. First Circle is centered in the crossover between visual arts and literature -more concretely narratives, with a distinctive psychoanalytical approach. This is the first exhibition in which different works from First Circle have been gathered together. A selection that consists of the series Close-up Cut-outs, the installation Seven Masks, and the sound piece An Echo.

Close-up Cut-outs are a series of four large-sized prints that have been cut out by hand. They always depict a scene with two faces in the middle of a dialogue. The characters are made up of a collage of different faces. Their words, which are displayed in a text balloon, come also from adapted quotations that range from philosophical citations and poems to pop songs. As figures without a background, these pieces are a mixture between image, object and space. The architectural environment where they are displayed each time becomes their new, always changeable, background. Since many missing pixels within the images have been removed as well, it is possible to see the space through the cut-outs, which become in this way integrated into the spatial context.

Seven Masks is a long narrative sequence along which public walk with an accompanying sound track in a mp3 player with headphones. Unlike video and film, where pictures “move” while spectator’s body remains still, in Seven Masks the spectator is compelled to move in the space in order to introduce time within the visual material and, in so doing, activate its narrative elements. Also, unlike video and film, the soundtrack is not synchronized in forehand. It is up to the spectator to relate sound and images by walking at a faster pace, coming back and forth, and so on. This system opens up the work for spectator’s interpretation through their active participation.

An Echo reflects a situation through which any of us has been in any moment of our lives: when we hear from a friend an idea that we already said some time before and which was refuted by that very same friend back then. And now he is trying to convince us about his new ideas without remembering that we are the source where they come from.

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We Like 6%

Group show in Nieuw Dakota (Amsterdam)

In reactie op de kabinetsplannen om de btw te verhogen naar 19% organiseert Nieuw Dakota in samenwerking met het weblog We Like Art een last minute protestverkoop van hedendaagse kunst.

21st Nov 2010 – 9th Jan 2011

Nieuw Dakota
Ms. Van Riemsdijkweg 41b – 1033 RC Amsterdam

I participate with two Close-up Cut-outs editions: Fortune Cookie and All Your Way


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Speed Bump. De Passie van het Verzamelen

Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen

Fortwachter 1. 2141 EE Vijfhuizen. The Netherlands

From 4th July to 22nd August 2010. Opening Sunday 4th July, 14.00

Matthew Barney, Jaap Kroneman, Daniel Buetti, Alex Kals, Maarten van Schaaik, Joep van Lieshout, Tony Oursler/Mike Kelly, Aernout Mik, Job Koelewijn, Erik van Lieshout, Mark Wallinger, Jonathan Monk, Franz West, Olaf Nicolai, Ryan Gander, Jannis Kounellis, Tom Roosenboom, Jeff Koons, Tobias Rehberger, Pipilotti Rist, Carlos Amorales, Dave Allen/Douglas Gordon/Jonathan Monk, Erik Kessels, David Nuur, David Maroto, Ives Maes, Thomas Hirschhorn, William Sweetlove, John Armleder, Keren Cytter, a.o.

Speed Bump is the summer exhibition 2010 of Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen. The exhibition presents an overview of Frans Oomen’s art collection, from Amsterdam. Oomen has specialized in collecting art editions and multiples. Speed Bump is the first in a series of exhibitions about the fascination for collecting.

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El Corazón del Sujeto es una Pieza del Exterior

Solo project in ECAT, contemporary art space in Toledo (Spain)

16th July – 2nd September 2009


It is about a sound installation in ECAT’s exhibition space: a former Renaissance chapel. Visitors can listen to the pieces at each set of seat + headphones. Additionally, the works also sound through the PA system in the space. The only visual element is the cut-out “Frame 04”, from the series Close-up Cut-outs.





Just follow this link to listen to the sound pieces (only Spanish versions)

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Artist in residence in AIR Antwerpen

Artist Talk


AIR Antwerpen is proud to introduce you to David Maroto. This Spanish artist has been living in Rotterdam for the last years. The works of Maroto are a reflection on identity or precisely the absence of identity. They are mostly collages of photographic material that are placed in a narrative structure, either in sequences of images or video installations.

We kindly invite you to a drink with the artist on Friday 17th April at 20.00 in AIR Antwerpen. The artist will show and tlak about his art practice and recent projects.

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