ARTSPACE 8 is proud to announce Raíces, a new exhibition of paintings and mixed-media works from internationally-renowned artist and actor Jordi Mollà. The opening reception will be held on Friday, October 28 th , from 7 to 9 pm.
As an artist with multiple embodiments of craft – painter, actor, writer, filmmaker – Mollà regularly draws inspiration for his varied projects and the creative process itself. Raíces is the result of Molla’s latest artistic incarnation. Raíces (Roots) nods to the artist’s Spanish heritage. His use of color exudes the vibrancy of Spain’s rich culture while his confrontational and sometimes aggressive composition underline its turbulent history.
The series of works from Raíces reference Art Informel, the movement championed by Antoni Tápies. The postwar movement abandoned geometric abstraction in favor of intuitive, gestural abstraction. Mollà breathes new life into Tápies social themes, tactile texture, and Spanish heritage while preserving their essence. Embedded Spanish script, spray paint, and mixed media propel these works into Mollà contemporary world.
"For me, it is as necessary as breathing. I am an actor because I am a painter; I am a painter because I am a film director; and I am a writer because I am an actor, and all disciplines are part of my day, wherever I am . . . Creating for me is a way of living. In fact, it is life." -- Jordi Molla