Juan Delcampo
Spain, 1983
Spain, 1993
Juan Delcampo—occasionally written as Juan del Campo—was a collective with a very limited body of work, which can only be found in two collections, those of the Fundación ”la Caixa” and the Fundación Martínez Guerricabeitia at the University of Valencia. The name of the group, which included the artists Pedro G. Romero, Abraham Lacalle, Chema Cobo and Luis Navarro, draws on a variety of sources: the expression the Machado brothers used in talking about the work of their father, Demófilo, whom they referred to as ‘un Juan del campo cualquiera’ [a regular Joe from the countryside]; the similarity in sound to the surname of Marcel Duchamp, translated literally into Spanish as Delcampo; and finally the widespread use of the name among artists, musicians and actors from Seville during the late eighties. Between 1986 and 1992, Juan Delcampo carried out projects involving rejected newspaper articles, paintings for exhibitions like Ciudad invadida and El artista y la ciudad, scathingly ironic pieces about the state of Spanish art at the time, and concluding with a farewell video entitled La muerte de Juan del Campo [The Death of Juan del Campo], which exemplifies the acerbic wit that defined all of the group’s actions.
Valentín Roma