Javier Arce, ‘“Fusilamientos del 3 de mayo” - S (Francisco de Goya)’, Tat Art Barcelona

Series: Serie Estrujados

Signature: Javier Arce

Image rights: Javier Arce

The “Serie Estrujados” reflects upon the significance of the great works of art (The Meninas, Guernica, Anatomy lesson ...) which are artistic icons. These images have been reproduced in such great number that they have become “dispensable” objects. Following this line of thought, I have redrawn them on indestructible paper, crumpled them up only to recover them later. In this sense, it is interesting to point out the way in which the drawing is resolved, painted with felt-tip pen on crumpled up paper, with the aesthetics of a photocopy. Its aim is to run away, to disassociate art from any confusion with the decorative. Evidently, it ironically imitates one of the strategies of the vanguard, which consists of avoiding the craft-man-ship, the virtuosity, good materials and the perfect finish to distance itself from publicity, design, decoration and fashion, which paradoxically sum up the refinements that great Art abandoned.

Javier Arce Studio

About Javier Arce

Spanish, b. 1973, Santander, Cantabria, Spain, based in Santander, Cantabria, Spain