Javier Riera

De lo próximo y lo lejano

After years of experimenting with light and landscape interventions, Riera returns to painting as the central activity of his work, now in an evolved way. "De lo próximo y lo lejano" offers us a series of wooden plywood that have been intervened with drills to achieve bas-relief incisions that remind us so much of his projections on nature. The result recovers the search for a relationship between the organic and the precision of geometry. The drawings of the wood grains, with their changes of tone and indefinite lines easily suggest landscapes, distances that remind us of the representations of the Taoist tradition of inks and stains. Geometry enters over them, as a way of extending space in another dimension beyond the organic one. Thus a coexistence is created between two dimensions, the visible and an invisible one that is no less present. Finally, the painting intervenes by staining, hiding as well as showing, creating a bridge between something that is inside and the reflection of the light that is outside. A work that brings together under a different format the extensive experience of the artist, and which would not have been possible without the invaluable collaboration of Rosalina Fernández.
De lo próximo y lo lejano

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Reviews

De lo próximo y lo lejano

El eterno retorno de la pintura

Por Francisco Carpio

I firmly believe -perhaps with an excessively idealized faith, but certainly sincere- in the artist's fidelity to those first steps, sometimes hesitant, sometimes sure and stable, that he takes at the dawn of his creative beginnings. They are those moments that, like first love, will remain forever indelible in the emulsified matter of his personal memory and his professional history as an artist.

Painting -I have already said it and written it-, that old trade of light and darkness that seeks incessantly and illusionistically the chimerical objective of looking, understanding and representing the world with the only baggage of some sharp and sharpened brushes, some canvases, some grams of light and some tubes of colors and chromatic flavors, is surely one of the plastic languages that leaves a more stable and perennial memory in those acolytes that are initiated in its arts and in its parts.

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Future Memory

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