Roberto Mollá. Text for the exhibition "The length of a song". Gallery Kobo Chika. Mayo 2010.
Roberto Mollá. "Fog". 2009
I think that it was in January 2001 that I first met Quico. In one of his visits to Valencia, after a couple of years receiving his letters as a member of Refractor, we arranged to meet in the cafeteria of the IVAM. He was very interested in that I should bring him up to date with the world of Japanese pop art so he could include a Japanese artist in one of his projects; I took with me catalogues of Murakami Takashi, Yoshitomo Nara, Aida Makoto and other artists that I had met in Tokyo. We spent the afternoon in my studio, looking at more catalogues and listening to Cornelius, electronic musician which he found very interesting. A few weeks later, we met again in ARCO, where I introduced him to the Japanese Gallery owner Sueo Mitsuma and one of his artists, the photographer Hiroyuki Matsukage. Quico left a lasting impression on the Japanese, and since that snowy night in which we shared octopus a la Gallega, Serrano ham and beer in the Plaza de Santa Ana and in the Boca del Lobo, they have always asked me for him whenever me meet.
Also in 2001, in September, we meet again in Valencia, this time on the occasion of an exhibition of work of Equipo Multiple in the Colegio Mayor Rector Peset. At the same time I had an exhibition of my work in the Club Diario Levante, to which came, from Tokyo, the director of the Gallery Kobo Chika. I introduced Quico and the next day we had organized an exhibition of Quico's work in Tokyo. Various times we were on the point of concreting the date but for one reason or another it was always postponed.
In June 2006 I traveled to Grazalema. Quico had organized an exhibition of my work together with the Japanese artist Erika Saito in the Neilson Gallery of Jack and Maru. We spent some very pleasant days during the week of the opening and also in his hideaway. Quico was the perfect host. We shared fried fish and churros, walks in the mountains, sketching outside and confidences. Obstinately re-invoking the Tokyo project, Quico showed me his sketches with their oriental inspiration which we thought would be interesting works to exhibit there.
Quico also lent me a beautiful book about the Japanese embassy of 1614 in the city of Sevilla. A repeat of that embassy, the other way round, captained by the works of Quico, could travel now to Tokyo. So many times we have talked about this exhibition that I hope, this time, we succeed.
Valencia, March 2nd 2009
With Quico and Kai-koh in Grazalema. Photo © Lucía Gandía. 2006