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you to embark on a voyage led by your imagination.
This catalogue is a
open, and transferable passport --
to a perennial world.
Each visa corresponds
a painting, and each painting evokes a different island of the
and opens a fresh window for the mind.
The central theme of
artistic voyage is the Dialogue and Confluence between these islands:
and West; North and South; Reality and Abstraction; Light and Shadow;
and Sun; Apocalypse and Genesis; the smallest Island and the biggest
work is his reflection on our times. It is a meeting of different
perspectives; an abolition of old borders. The paintings unites these
opposing values linking them in an equilibrium that allows the viewer
enter into the soul of a distant, yet intimately familiar island.
Like all true art,
Pascual-Rodrigo´s paintings represent his own time;
but they also stand
themselves without uncritically accepting current fashions. They take
on a journey of acceptance and contradiction --
in concept and form.
The exhibition will
introduce you to the artist's view of his own life: since the beginning
his professional career in 1970, Pascual-Rodrigo has blended the
contradictory movements of conceptual and abstract art. He has always
in this vein, refusing to limit himself to mere conceptualism, due to
belief that excluding artistic form also excludes artistic concept. He
us beyond pure abstraction, to the magical world of mythology and the
archetypes, through the symbolism of Nature. The key to understanding
Pascual-Rodrigo´s perception of reality is his fine balance
between concept and object.
paintings contain an ever-present silhouette: a distant figure, sitting
contemplation; the viewer is unable to discover its gender, age or
We, as spectators, become that figure. It invites us into a
state -- that fundamental
that is the aim of art.
in Pascual Rodrigo´s paintings is the silhouette of a boatman,
and watching incessantly, travelling from right to left, in a symbolic
towards the heart, from the outside world to the inner space --
an eternal return.
Arch Gallery becomes,
nearly a month, a magical travel agency, both the port of departure
your imaginal island, and the boat that carries you there.
us on different voyages: he takes us to his Majorca, but also to that
longed-for destination -- to
island that enables us to see our everyday world as our most precious
We hope that you
the first UK solo exhibition of this well-known Spanish artist.