LOOKS

COLECTIVA

STEPHAN BALKENHOL, ALAN CHARLTON, THOMAS HIRSCHHORN, JONATHAN LASKER, GLEN RUBSAMEN, DAVID TREMLETT

The Miguel Marcos gallery presents Looks, a sample which joins work of six artists from contrasted universes, ranging from figuration to abstraction, through collage and landscaping. Drawing from the merely physical fact that the gaze is the window of our body that actually allows us to see our interior, Stephan Balkenhol, Alan Charlton, Thomas Hirschhorn, Jonathan Lasker, Glen Rubsamen and David Tremlett offer artistic perspectives in which observation makes essential the necessary introspection and unquestionable reflection, before the constant changes of our society.

The work of Stephan Balkenhol (Hesse, Germany, 1957) is articulated around the pyramidal representation in which the structure of a society or an organization can be graphed where few occupy the top (the vertex) and many which are in the lower part (the base), having as background an artificial landscape, with the purpose of giving hope to anyone who wants to reach the top.

In reference to Alan Charlton (Sheffield, England, 1948) his paintings form studies based on the gray color, that realizes under a systematic method with which it calculates its size and structure. From the removal of any superfluous detail, Charlton's canvases draw attention to the space in which they are shown by their sobriety and balance. This redefines the traditional relationship between work of art and spectator, since it is space, as well as the arrangement of canvases, which carry it with meaning.

The work of Thomas Hirschhorn (Bern, Switzerland, 1957) denounces the inequalities and injustices of the contemporary world, his art invites to reflect on the current political reality. His works stand out for the use of "little noble" objects and materials such as cardboard, foil, adhesive tape or plastic containers, which allows him to evidence a critical position aimed at expressing ideas of cultural resistance.

With regard to Jonathan Lasker (Jersey City, USA, 1948), his painting is built on imposing geometric lines, directly influenced by the Mondrian grids, which cohabit in their canvases with large, gestural strokes of color, as well as with scribbles full of life that seem to reveal their ludic approach exuberant spontaneity. In his compositions, the monochrome backgrounds and the marks on which the definitive stroke is constituted are repeated.

Glen Rubsamen (Los Angeles, USA, 1959) focuses his creations on the documentation and compilation of certain moments of nature loaded with great power and drama, framing them in an atmosphere unrelated to any space-time reference in which the spectator it goes in, out of focus and attentive, to participate in a static action in which the organic becomes artificial.

David Tremlett (England, 1945) is one of the most versatile artists in the modern world. He studied sculpture at the Brimingham Art School (UK) and then at the Royal College of Art (London, UK). Its geometric forms do not establish themselves in a uniformity, but rather the opposite, although all have a point of union, sometimes more specific and defined, and others only a friction, something that can be applied, as a parable of society.