Eduardo Arroyo is an artist who collects photographs in an almost compulsive way. His archive includes thousands of photographs: cut out of magazines and newspapers, bought at street markets, found in old photograph albums … Images taken by famous authors, reporters from press agencies, photographic studios, and also by anonymous photographers.
Hop-hopping brings together some of these photographs, comprising a volume that is an artwork itself. Images from all periods and genres that, nevertheless, have something in common: In all of them there are feet that have lost — or are just about to loose — contact with the ground. In all of them there are people raising a leg or jumping in the air or balancing or on top of something. All of them feature someone — or something — that seems to be ready to take off.
This edition of the book coincides with the exhibition Hop-hopping Eduardo Arroyo Collection included in the Official Section of PHotoESPAÑA 2017. The Lazaro Galdiano Museum will host this exhibition untill August 27th August.
The curators Fabienne Di Rocco and Eduardo Arroyo himself selected this museum as the the most “fitting and ideal” place to show the exhibition. Here the collector facet of José Lázaro Galdiano meets this figure of the artist that is “painter, sculptor, printer, decorator, ceramist and writer”. Eduardo Arroyo has stated that while he is not a compulsive collector, he does collect artworks by his peers, as well as pieces that simply interest him and for the pleasure of saving them anonymity. He added that the Internet has been an important source for acquiring them.