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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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Open Studios in ISCP

12th – 15th May 2011

The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) Spring Open Studios is a four-day exhibition of international contemporary art. The 36 artists, artist collectives and curators from 25 countries currently in residence at ISCP will present work in their studios. Open Studios offers the public access to innovative contemporary art practices from across the globe – seen for the first time together in New York City – providing an exceptional opportunity to engage with the production, process and archives of artists working with a diverse range of mediums, approaches and concepts.

I showed some recent works and projects carried out during my residence period. Among which my new narrative installation Casa Diógenes.

“David Maroto, unique in the ISCP context with his approach and interested in actively engaging the observer in the performative moment which leads to the completion of the storyline as well as opening it up to new readings. In his installation Casa Diogenes (2011) it is through an accumulation of images and textual reference that the personal history of the protagonist unfolds. The poetic and inter-textual qualities of the soundtrack and the images, create a world in which memory, identity and space are accumulated.” Fleur van Muiswinkel. Article appeared in Metropolis M.

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41st Poetry International Festival

Rotterdam, 11th – 18th June 2010

This year the Festival’s theme is Prose and its influence on Poetry. A number of visual artists have been asked to contribute text works to be printed on T-shirts that would be for sale at the entrance hall of the Schouwburg building, which is the main venue of the Poetry International Festival. I participate with A Memory: a transcription of the first chapter of my novel Illusion. T-shirts are printed on a limited edition, only ten copies of each.

Listen to A Memory (1′ 00”):


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GAGARIN The Artists in their Own Words

Contribution to issue #19, October 2009

The preliminary notes of my game Disillusion are published for the first time. Other contributing artists in this issue: Danny Devos, Ed Ruscha, Petrit Halilaj, Pierre Bismuth, Ingrid Mwangi, Robert Hutter, Ermias Kifleyesus, Paul Chan.

Gagarin is an artist’s magazine (since 2000) entirely dedicated to the publication of especially written and unpublished texts by artists who are now working anywhere in the world. Concept & coordination, Wilfried Huet


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Solo exhibition in Freud’s Dreams Museum
Saint Petersburg. Bolshoy pr. Petrogradskaya storona, 18A

11th October – 7th November 2009



The exhibition displays a number of printed works, which are digital collages consisting of an accumulation of superimposed layers that form a complex tangle of images, texts and meanings –like a hyper-palimpsest. This term was coined by Russian linguist Andrey Zaliznyak to refer to the Novgorod Codex, an 11th century old book unearthed on July 13, 2000 in Novgorod (not far from St Petersburg) in which hundreds of texts have left their traces on an almost inextricable tangle. The contents of the digital collages are deeply rooted in psychoanalytical concepts. Psychoanalysis is used here as a tool to reflect on the nature of subjectivity, which ultimately leads to the disclosure of any boundary between the subject and the Other as a primary illusion. This is why all the characters that appear in my works are invaded by their surroundings in both a physical and psychical way, as if the world passing through them would fulfill their fundamental lack. For this exhibition all my printed works have been gathered and showed together for the first time.






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Lecho de Muerte

Group show in Corrosia! Almere (NL)

2nd October – 15th November 2009

I participate with Seven Masks, an installation formed by a long narrative sequence (16,74 meters x 49 cm) that public walk along with an accompanying sound track in a mp3 player with headphones.





You can get a detailed impression of Seven Masks and its sound track in the section Narrative Sequences.

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Transfer Lounge

Group show curated by Ima Picó and Carolina Loyola García. It takes place in two locations. I participate with Patchwork Man in its two versions:

Forja Arte (Valencia)

17th September – 23rd October. C/ Lebón 19, Valencia, 46023

Patchwork Man as a sound piece (ES)


SPACE (Pittsburgh) 2nd October – 17th November. 812 Liberty Avenue. Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Patchwork Man as a video installation (EN)

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Article appeared in Tribune, Pittsburgh

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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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Walls and Gateways

Group exhibition in Existentie, Ghent (Belgium)

June 2008

Other participanting artists: Brody Condon, Liam O’ Callaghan, Davide Bertocchi, Julia Oschatz, Vargas Suarez-Universal, Lode Geens, Filip Berte, Nathaniel Rackowe and Mihail Milunovic.

Curated by Lara Pan

I participate with the video installation A Dream_Teeth and the narrative installation Mimicry, in a new version: printed in posters, which are displayed in four stacks and available for public to take home.

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