Barcelona, Spain, 1962.
He began training as an artist in the early eighties at the EINA school in Barcelona, later studying Art History at the Universidad Autónoma and Architecture at the Escuela Técnica Superior in Barcelona. In 1991 he took up residence in Paris.
In the early nineties, Jordi Colomer’s work focused on sculpture. His pieces made from simple materials - wood, cloth, plaster, etc. - are reminiscent of post-minimalism.
After discovering the German avant-garde cinema of the thirties, his interest shifted from sculpture to video and photography, with architecture being a fundamental theme in his reflections. In recent years, linguistic aspects have become increasingly important in his work. However, the increased interest in language does not mark a disappearance of his interest in sculpture. The artist views sculpture, like architecture, in a way that is similar to language: a set of elements which, when constructed, form a discourse.
His training as an architect, artist and art historian bring to his work a versatile aesthetic judgement and a variety of creative media - performance, theatre and sculpture. With the “Alta Comèdia” exhibitions in Tarragona in 1993, he began to blend sculpture, elements taken from theatre and architectural references into his work.
In 1997, he presented his first video work in a site-specific projection room built inside MACBA. In 2001 he expanded his research of set design to the urban realm, exploring diverse scenes of social life - neighbourhoods, highways, deserts, rooftops, etc. At this point in his career, his work is inspired by his travels and he undertakes projects such as “Anarchitekton” (2002-2004) an itinerant exhibition through four large cosmopolitan cities - Barcelona, Bucharest, Brasilia and Osaka - and “En la Pampa” set in the Atacama desert in Chile in 2008. In his combined work-travel, the theme of displacement is recurrent and he reflects on poetic survival in large cities.
Colomer has exhibited at the Galería Nacional du Jeu de Paume in Paris, the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Museo Patio Herreriano in Valladolid, the Matadero in Madrid, the MACBA in Barcelona, BOZAR in Brussels, the Centro de Arte La Panera in Lérida, the Centro Cultural de España in Montevideo, etc.
He has also worked as a set designer for theatre productions of Joan Brossa, Samuel Beckett, Valère Novarina and an opera by Robert Ashley.
Lives and works in Paris and Barcelona.
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