SPAIN ON BURLAP
If in a word I was defining this sample it would be "Equality". I have always thought that the art has to be an instrument social (tool), and is its main end, to come to the society since the desire of the creator (artist) is that the others see its work. In this sample I want to express a thought obtained after the step of the years and the fact is that without equality future cannot exist. This idea of Equality in certain way is visible in all the exposed works. As for the artistic thing in particular, I have wanted to do a connection between the History and the Spanish Art history, and a connection between the different movements of the Spanish avant-garde of the second half of the XXth Century as Informalism, the Abstract Expressionism, the Pop art and Comic Underground of the 80 (for example the one that was showing in Viper and the Totem pole), and in particular to realize a homage to the Spanish abstract expressionists of New York School (Esteban Vicente and José Guerrero) and to two groups of these avant-gardes that have influenced significantly the Spanish art current as are the Group El Paso and the Equipo Crónica. I have wanted to play with the plasticity - the game of textures, colors and different materials - for the creation of a certain kinetics. With materials as the burlap I remind the informalism of the Group El Paso, with the biting critical figure to the Equipo Crónica. The exhibition is formed by series of works of Spanish theme with clear tendency to the critical pop art: Studies of the Prado Museum, Constitution, Traditions, 1936, The Eighties, Crisis, Present, Future, etc... For example in the series Studies of the Prado Museum the works: "Infanta" y "Citizen Margarita" which are free versions of which was considered the last work of the great Velázquez, "The infanta Margarita of Austria" that are free versions of the one that was considered to be a last work of the big Velazquez, which in fact was painted by its son-in-law and disciple Juan Bautista Martínez del Mazo I refer to two systems of government or the state that they have existed in Spain: Monarchy and Republic. In the series Constitution I refer to the moments of hope through that they lived in Spain after the proclamation of the Constitution of Cadiz of 1812. These works are free versions of the portrait that Frank von Stuck -charter member of the Secession of Munich- realized its daughter Mary, "Mary von Stuck dressed to the Spanish" (see "Hope dressed to the Spanish 1812"). It continues in Spain II
A western view of Ukiyo-e School
For many years I roamed head make a exhibition of a forgotten painting school in Western and that has greatly influenced Western art from the Romantic movement. Besides being for me the first art school of painting that became popular in the content and concepts, especially economically. This school is called Ukiyo-e. Literally meaning «pictures of the floating world».
Ukiyo-e or Japanese print is a genre of prints (made by woodcut or wood engraving technique) produced in Japan between the sixteenth and twentieth century, among which are landscape images, theater and alternate areas. Refers to the impulsive chonin culture that boomed in the urban centers of Edo (now Tokyo), Osaka and Kyoto where it develop an important civil culture. Early Ukiyo-e appear in the seventeenth century.
An example of this approach to the work of Ukiyo-e School is my work of 2011, "Wave" that has broad connotations with the work of one of its leading exponents Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), "The great wave approaching the coast of Kanagawa". The works are in now seeing are of 2012 but five painting are from 2008, 2009 and 2011. The sample consists of oils and mixed (what I call relief collage and mixed collage) on board. Collages-mixed are painted on burlap dyed and sometimes pigmented and these in turn glued on board or panel. (see "Maiko 02-C: The Hour of the Ox")
All my work in 2012 is influenced by Ukiyo-e School, though not in the technique but in the subject. Several examples of this influence are my works: "Maiko 04: The Hour of the Monkey", which has some parallels with a picture of the master of the Edo period, Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806), also titled "The Hour of the Monkey" (or "Saru no Koku" in Japanese), "The Widow of Hinodeya", somewhat based on the work of the same name of Utamaro and "The Courtship Dance of the Crane", which is based on the work of Hokusai, "Cranes at the Seashore". All other works in this exhibition are based on Japanese prints.
Actually 2011 was a year of transition in my life, maybe that title to this Escapism collection. Transition in registering and themes of my work (return to figuration and approach to Japanese painting) and the use of different materials that had been using in recent years.
Likewise making a direct reference to some of the leading painters of the early twentieth century of the so-called School of Paris that had many influences of Japanese painting (see "Tribute to Dedo -Amedeo Modigliani-") or referring as always Marcel Duchamp, recreating as it were my own readymades (see "Orion Nebula Look"). With enough influences informalists we can visualize the work "Hermetic Paradise" and with influences of conceptual trend we see "Homunculus 01". Continuing the escapist experience we find "Love Will Tear Us Apart" with a strong proposal related to the Symbolism.
Back again to the figure, I owe to the Japanese print. So I decided to make a western remake of some works of several masters Japanese printmakers of the Edo period like Utamaro (1753-1806), Hokusai (1760-1849) or Kunisada (1786-1865). And I started working in the sample: Oriental. A Western view of Ukiyo-e School.
The use again burlap and collage make me go back to the first moments of my artistic life, when looking cheap materials to start and continue the creative process. Burlaps tinted of blue, yellow suede fabrics, flat colors, and bright, yet loaded with a fragile beauty will experiment with Japanese prints. (see "Maiko 01-B")
This sample is a part of a series of works that honour 30º anniversary of the first album of study of the British band Joy División, so called Unknown Pleasures, published in June, 1979 by Factory Records.
The image of the album cover shows 100 successive pulses from the first pulsar discovered, one way or another from here part the aesthetic idea of the whole work of this collection.
All these works are from 2010 and are made with a technique called Couthe. The term "Couthe" is an word invented by me, which means collage of fabric (fabric being previously prepared with gypsum, marble chips, pigments, resins, etc ...), derived from the fusion of the beginning of the word Collage (Co ) and the completion of the word Clothe (the).
Some of the works I have titled as one of the songs of this album (see "New Dawn Fades", "Insight" and "Disorder"), others have titled simply named "Unknown Pleasure" -Nº: ... - (see "Unknown Pleasure 01", "Unknown Pleasure 02" and "Unknown Pleasure 07").
Spaces series, also called Reciklart, conducted in 2009, consists of a series of works made from recycled materials where traditional art pigments are mixed with everyday materials such as sand, plaster, fabric, rope, etc ... with predominance of collage and assemblage.
In these works can be viewed informalist influence -especially Spanish of the Group El Paso- (see "Space 10: Incubo") and while the conceptualist influence -especially early French of objet trouvé, as an example the work of the years twenty of Marcel Duchamp- (see "Space 03: Crisis").
A once in a parallel space we observe many references to American Abstract Expressionist painting (see "Space 07: Crucifixion") or the Spanish abstract painting of informalist period (see "Space 06: Bull I").
I started painting as a child and I see my childhood always represented through a canvas may be that some of these works are those realities. First of all my artistic training is based on what I call "Trench Painting" (the importance of social criticism through the paint). Surviving the Roaring 80 gives you a view of life and art very different and yet much more vital. "Life is a reality often retouched" Meko (see "Carnival87").
This is a sample of several works that mainly I made before 2008, though and I inserted some paintings made later. This collection consists of landscapes (see "Breakwater" or "Village"), nudes (see "Venus Neoconcrete"), still lifes (see "Still-life with Lemons" or "Still-life with Oranges"), figure (see "Party XIV" or "Night Scene, Old Port of London"), etc ...
In this collection you can guess my early expressionist influence, reflecting a subjective way the Nature and the Human being, besides giving primacy to the manifestation of feelings rather than objective description of reality.
SPAIN ON BURLAP
The series Traditions includes for the time being two works: "Bullfighter" and "Brotherhood of the Holy Alliance" to that I have added a titled work of 1987 "Carnival". In the series 1936, "Militiawoman" is a homage to Marina Ginestà (deceased at the beginning of 2014), communist militant that there appears in the photo taken in the terrace of the Hotel Colón of Barcelona on July 21, 1936 by the war photographer German-Mexican Hans Gutmann Guster (Juan Guzmán). The second work of this series "Bombing on Madrid" is still in process. The series The Eighties is composed for the time being of a work, "Freedom going out of Rock-Ola". The series "Crisis" consists of a work until now titled "Spain devouring his son", it works with pronounced character of social denunciation, being an example of the use of the Art like tool of transformation and social declaration. I have wanted to add two more series: Present composed for: "Nude or Transparence?" and Future composed for "Lovers (Two Spains): Honest Orkasitas and Leticia Botín". There are these figurative works I have added in this exhibition two more series: "Tombstones" series of conceptual abstract works in which I do a homage to different illustrious men who have wanted whenever Spain was a progressive country moved forward to its epoch and finally a nation of freedoms and the series "Variations" in which it honored different Spanish painters who have broken with the esthetics of the past and have evolved towards other artistic expressions as Picasso, Miró, Esteban Vicente, José Guerrero, etc...
Series of conceptual abstract works in which I do a tribute to different great men and great women who wanted provided that Spain was a progressive country, ahead of his time and ultimately a nation of freedoms. The general line of this series of works I conceived when I read this poem "Little Spaniard" by Antonio Machado in his book of poetry "Fields of Castile" (1912), where you can display two parts separated by other one as metaphorical language parts referring to the Two Spains. Most of them are compositions of jute burlap on sack burlap, where the vertical fields predominate with blacks and whites colors (see "To the Memory of Mariana Pineda") or whites and reds colors (see "To the Memory of Antonio Machado"). Two of them are assemblages of lacquered wood on jute burlap (see "To the Memory of Francisco de Quevedo") and two are compositions silk satin on wood board where two colors also predominate. One such work is itself a collage of letters lacquered wood on burlap sack (see "A Dream. To the memory of Juan Negrin Lopez") or an assemblage of an abstract expressionist painting on burlap sack on wood board (see "Who has taken away the key? In Memory of Exiles").
Series of abstract works with clear influences informalists and expressionists where I paid tribute to different Spanish painters who broke with the aesthetics of the past and have evolved into other artistic expressions such as Picasso, Miró, Esteban Vicente, José Guerrero, etc ...
Four of these works are made on sack burlap on wood board and are divided into color and abstraction fields (see "No one who does not dream sleep. Tribute to Esteban Vicente" or "Tribute to Modest Cuixart"). The remaining two pieces are compositions of satin silk and different fabrics on burlap lacquered (see "Tribute to José Guerrero" or "Tribute to Joan Miró").