Friday, 17 December 2010

Antonio Merinero: Pinball

We should've blogged this a few days ago. Sorry. The launch has gone but the exhibition continues. Beautiful stuff, Antonio! G

Pinball, Flipper ... is the game of neighbourhood bars, it’s easy to recall the sound – that dry "Tack"- of the metal ball bouncing of the bumpers. Visually catching, it’s “a game of skill” . Good games ending in “Replay” ... and bad games in either "Tilt" or “Game-over”. We didn´t speak English but so much we understood.

The shiny ball hitting kickers and slingshots and the ringing of bells, were the arcade’s soundtrack.
Toño Merinero brings those days of mechanical entertainment back, leaving the sound to our imagination, and putting our "machine" in the place of dreams. These originaland unique pieces, like all of Toño’s collages, provide a particular vision of everydaylife, making it art.

Antonio Merinero exhibits, in Makinostra, his collection of pinball machines for motorcyclists

Graphic artist, biker and unrepentant traveller Antonio Merinero shows his latest creation in Makinostra, Madrid. A collection of
mute pinballs designed on the lay out of the playfield of classic pinball machines reflect his passion for the Harley universe in an evocative and playful metaphor of "Biker’s Replay"

The, hand-drawn, personal reinterpretation of various graphical images and icons of “pop” inspiration make sense in a type of three-dimensional collage in which each piece each builds upon the aesthetics and visual context of different concepts of motorcycling: Cafe Racer, Chopper, Dirt Track, Bobber and Touring.
The piece by piece assembly makes each edition original and unique. Which is something magical in times when technology allow us to make unlimited, faithful copies of practically anything.
December 16 -20:00 hours.. until 10 January

General Álvarez de Castro, 26
28010 Madrid

1 comment:

Chris said...

those are rather awesome