(Spain) * 1955 in Villanueva del Arzobispo
Ricardo Calero’s many-sided work has been internationally exhibited since the 1970s. His sculptural installations – as we have seen in previous “Blickachsen” exhibitions – are conceived as places of encounter and reflection. In these works, text plays as large a part as the exchange between object, observer and the surrounding space. In “Blickachsen 11”, Calero’s site-specific installation “Construcción de futuro” invites visitors to Bad Vilbel, which has this year been included in the Biennale for the first time, to a dialogue: the giant letters A and Z (for “Zukunft”, or future) connect the medieval castle ruin, the venue for the Bad Vilbel theatre festival, with the new city library building – thus linking the spoken word with the written, and the past with the future. Two texts inscribed on a plaque on the ground challenge visitors to “shape the future”, and the “spaces of the future” – “with words”. This idea is further elaborated in the second work by Calero: the open, two-wheeled carriage as a “Space for Thoughts” is as mobile as our own wandering play of thoughts and our dialogue with others. It thus invites us to let our own reflections, also, roam free.