Opening:17 nov, 2016Artist/s involved:
Jaume Plensa presents a work of friendly confrontments: between what is shown and what is hidden, between the imprints of the past and the opening towards the future, between nature’s formations and man’s creation; and between sonorous vibration and the most intimate realms of silence. After seven years without exhibiting in a gallery in Barcelona, the artist will have his first solo show at Galeria SENDA, coinciding with our 25th anniversary.
Entrails of an allegorical forest are revealed through sculptures of young female faces. A face is like a tree: within the forest of social collectiveness, each one maintains its individuality. The girls close their eyes and their fleeting beauty stays immortalized. The sculptor elongates the heads in order to distance them from their materiality, presenting them with a more totemic and spiritual quality. This way, he portrays introspection and contemplation towards man’s most profound inner self.
The white pieces Lou, Duna, and Isabella are sculpted in a wooden mold, which then is transferred to bronze and covered with a white patina. Sustained on a base, the faces lose their weight and seem to be floating on the ground. His Isabella, made with basalt, suggests a blend between organic materials and human intervention, and the dark tones create chromatic contrasts with his white pieces. This way, Plensa completely encloses the show by extending the paper support to the wall, integrating the gallery’s space with his work to explore the possibilities of fusion between drawing, sculpture, and architecture.
With this exhibition, Plensa wishes that the audience connects with the pieces in the same way that he finds inspiration to work. “It is an exhibition that demands solitude. Sculpture is a pathway that comes from yourself, goes towards yourself, and is with yourself.”