|Numbers, doors and the extermination of artwork.
The creator of these works of art has scoured the city for the most evocative abandoned houses. The repertoire of dead houses is so vast that the artist has even been able to assume the task of choosing houses originally numbered from 1 to 100, in the streets where they can be found. A hundred empty houses that have come back to life for a brief moment. And we say “for a brief moment” because the creation of this artist on these aforementioned occasions has certainly been more ephemeral than ever. The censorship teams from the city council have swooped upon his probing work, with the kind of efficiency we would like to see in the rest of the departments of the local administration, and have gone on the hunt for anything that could embellish or give colour to a city which they apparently would prefer to be familiar with as dour and depressing. In a meticulous and unrelenting task, like the grim reaper of bygone times, which we had thought forgotten, they have been arbitrarily empowered as censors of urban art, and have cast sentence and rejection on every one of the works that can be seen in the pages of this book. One after another without exception, and having only just blossomed, these flowers have been pulled up by the roots. However, from these flowers that haven’t even been given time to wilt, here remains one testimony. A testimony that we now offer you as a manifestation, despite the fact that Sabadell is still somewhat dour, that life is brewing in its interior and from time to time, and albeit for a few fleeting moments, this life somehow manages to come out in the open.
Werens is one of the most emblematic and irreverent artists from Sabadell. With a well consolidated trajectory stretching back more than 20 years, this creator of ephemeral and not so ephemeral art, has exhibited his work in galleries and on the streets of a good number of countries which include Germany, Taiwan, Italy and England, to name but a few.