HÁPTICA

CRISTÓBAL ORTEGA

The arrival of modernity was a change in the narrative of Art history. For the first time, the ways and modes of representation had been important, staying away of previous mimicry.  The movement called abstract expressionism, which is named after Harold Rosenberg, is an art of expression leaving any metaphor in favour of the sense pursuing the ideal that the works are by themselves, as argued Martin Heidegger. Artistic creation of Cristóbal Ortega (Alhaurín de la Torre, Málaga, Spain, 1970) is part of this creative praxis with a work that could be considered synonymous the spiritual evolution.

Under the heading HÁPTICA, Miguel Marcos Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of Cristóbal Ortega. The trajectory of this artist is closely linked to his architectural training, which has led him to create an empty art that it will be convert in an explosion of the senses.

The particular pictorial conception of Ortega has given birth to works in which masses of oil abound in reverse. A technique of perspiration, namely the oil transpires through the thin layers of linen. Colours intermingle and interact between them and generating synergies and movements.

Influenced by aesthetics of Deleuze, Cristóbal Ortega discovers in his painting the power of the haptic eye: the ability to touch with the gaze. Precisely through this work, he establishes a set of gazes with the viewer who, among other things, suggests reflection through the vigorous stroke oil that leaves marks of identity. In essence, these distinguishing marks lead to random titles that invite to think that “the time, once reflected, become a moment rather than a priori” (Theodor Adorno, Aesthetic Theory, 1970)

As sandy river view, white background, which sprout flowers, whirlpools, herbal amalgams arise; Ortega’s works offers a multitude of sounds. Liquid brushstrokes curl in universe that announces a change. The essence of his work emerge from harmonizing opposites, momentum and containment, expression and formality, of substance and form, of what lies deep and that moves on the surface, of the haptic.

CRISTÓBAL ORTEGA (Alhaurín de la Torre, Málaga, Spain, 1970) lives and works in Beijing and Malaga. He studies architecture at the University of Sevilla, dedicated to painting professionally since the nineties. In 2009, after an exhibition at the Cervantes Institute in Beijing, decided to move to China. His work is characterized by pictorial representation of sequences of notes from various timbres and shapes, harmonized and a sweeping score.