Dirimart is pleased to announce Yago Hortal’s first exhibition in Turkey, How Rocks Move,
that brings together new works by the artist where he has experimented with traces and
tracing through paintings. Marking, showing, proving are notions that Hortal works with,
emphasizing the relationship of these notions with the word “rastro” in Spanish. The artist’s
interpretations are focused on conceptions of evolution, progress, and movement.
Hortal’s point of departure is the seemingly impossible movements of rocks in the Death
Valley in Nevada. The rocks move on sand with what appears to be a propelling force from
the outside; the traces of these movements are only visible for a short amount of time. The
artist relates this phenomenon with the painter’s gestures and painting’s relationship with
recording and time. If every painting is an expression of a journey, then the final painting
is a record, a memory of that state.
Yago Hortal, who lives and works in Barcelona, uses vivid colors as visual motives in his
striking abstract paintings. His works are anchored in the harmony between form and
color, seeking an impossible balance. He makes visible the markings of brushes and paint,
enabling the viewers to experience the process and history of the painting. The artist also
points to a shift in the paradigm of time, oscillating between chaos and order, playing with
various images and situations in our minds through a rich and intense visual palette.
Yago Hortal (b.1983, Barcelona, Spain) has exhibited extensively internationally including solo
exhibitions at Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska, Salzburg (2016); Galería Senda, Barcelona (A duo
Show in collaboration with Peter Halley)(2016); Galería Maior, Mallorca (2015); Casal Solleric,
Fundació Palma Espai d’Art, Mallorca (2012); Egbert Baqué Contemporary Art, Berlin (2011);
Rooster Gallery, New York (2011); Kutxa, Caixa Guipúzcoa Sant Sebastià, Barcelona (2009). Important
group exhibitions include Berliner Bahnhof. CCA Andratx, Mallorca (2016); Summer15,
CCA Andratx, Mallorca, (2015); Complex decisions, CES Gallery, Los Angeles (2015); Echos
#4 – Entre autres mouvements., Centre d’art le LAIT. Albi (2015); Denominació d’origen: Col·-
lecció Belles Arts, Museu Can Framis, Barcelona (2014); Catalunya Creativa 1999-2014, Arts Santa
Mònica, Barcelona (2014); Burst. CES Contemporary, Los Angeles (2014); Picto Bcn, Hangar,
Barcelona (2013); Die Reise nach St. Petersburg, Egbert Baqué Contemporary Art, Berlin (2012);
Sixpack. Egbert Baqué Contemporary Art, Berlin, (2011).