The clubs and meeting spaces that bound together the fans of the latest musical trends began to raise mainly from the 1980s. Within them there have occurred, still occur and probably will occur endless, sleepless stories, safeguarded by the Facades of these contemporary “temples”, which have come to achieve legendary status. From Barcelona, the young designer and illustrator Pablo Benito, better known as PeBe, captures in his series Clubs this contained emotion experienced within these temples through magnificent illustrations with a futuristic look. Shifting the focus to the outside of these spaces, deprives them of that tabloid sensationalism that would show its inside stories.
PeBe has worked for different brands, showing a particular style that today is easily recognizable. It is characterized by the vector compositions and spot colors that make its model bare, in order to stay with that essence that makes them unique. Through PeBeStore (http://www.pebestore.com/), his virtual art gallery, we discovered this list of the most famous clubs in the world, which have played a great role in the consolidation of electronic music. PeBe develops a road-map that goes, among others, from the Berghain in Berlin to the Paradise Garage in New York, through the Apolo in Barcelona or the Trouw in Amsterdam.
His way of working reminds that of the Costumbrism painters who, after taking a picture, spend hours moving these natural impressions to their canvases. PeBe follows the same process, first capturing the facades of the buildings to get a clear idea of the colors and proportions that they have. From there, he interprets the spaces with a very special plasticity. His illustrations show these buildings with clean and precise lines that seem to leave anything that is out of the picture hanging. The important thing is the way, the effect his drawings end up creating, something ghostly, and the use of soft colors integrated into a small, simple color palette.
Looking at these images, you can think of Wim Wenders’s photographs of building facades, or of Ed Ruscha’s series about Gas Stations. Not quite in the figure, as they are distantly related, but mainly as to the symbolic value of the image. These clubs become icons of a lifestyle by appealing to the imagination, as you can always go beyond what the first impression suggests to you. These areas have some of that non-place that gas stations are, these urban border areas, where there are always people passing, where the comings and goings characterize and determine the constitution of the space itself.
In the series Clubs you can recognize two of the artist’s passions: architecture and music. Recently, he exhibited in the art gallery Casa Quiroga, in the Malasaña district of Madrid, and the British newspaper The Guardian echoed him for his interpretation of the disco Fabric in London. It seems clear that Paul arouses interest beyond the musical and artistic circles, and certainly he will continue to surprise us.