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Santiago Giralda “Habĭtat” at MPA Gallery, New York

This exhibition features Giralda’s most recent work, with paintings that are presented to the public for the first time and are the product of a practice that he put in place upon his arrival to New York: “I give a lot of importance to the fact that I am living in the place that I am investigating. As such, my process is based in photographing different places in the city, including botanical gardens, parks, and even plants in a flower pot in the middle of Fifth Avenue. I like to observe how adaptation occurs between urban and natural environments. In the past, I have composed images with my computer, editing the images with others that I would find online. This process is my way of connecting my work with a virtual media environment that I also consider to be part of the landscape. Then I paint the works utilizing a pictorial process that emphasizes the material and physical aspects of the painting. The process of painting permits me to link my work with a certain history, and to connect with a pace of viewing that proceeds from the margins of the speed of city and internet environments.”

Giralda continues, “I approach the city as a paradigm of contemporary landscape. However, I am interested more in natural spaces that traverse the city. I want to investigate the place that nature occupies in such a contaminated context. Drawing from the images that I take of those natural enclosed environments, I paint compositions that represent nature as a sensual and rich experience. In a certain way, I utilize painting to give another context to those natural spaces, and even if it is at a representative level, they read as exuberant natural scenes outside of the city environment as they find in painting a context far from ambient noise.”

When asked how working from New York has contributed to his practice, Giralda affirms, “I believe that this is a question of rhythm, visibility, and dimension. Here the speed is different, it seems like a race to produce and move on to the next stage as soon as possible, as if the present was only a moment of transition. Moreover, art is taken as a cultural product that has an important value for society, both at the critical and economic level. In this sense it is considered in a more global way than in Spain where everything is more local, individual, small-scale, and I would even say precarious. Another question that I think is fundamental to emphasize is that the dimension, the proportions here are different and the visual environment is at another scale. I’m interested in thinking about how spatial scale is a relative question to the consensus that we establish as humans. This perception also conditions my work.”

 

at MPA Gallery, New York
until 29 April 2018

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