The term “landscape” combines many different meanings and connotations. It may refer to the life conditions of the individual as well as to the ecosystems on which certain production activities take place. To territories explored by different disciplines, or to places that are exploited for different purposes.
The complex layers of meaning embedded in the physical nature of a specific place is the core around which the gallery proposal revolves.
The selected artists examine the effects that publicity, migration, hyper-communication, abundancy and ideology have on the landscapes of the western world. The construction of these landscapes reveals individual and collective stories, giving way to a sort of amalgam which goes to show that landscape, in its broadest sense, is a construction of the mind, a complex projection built upon the ground layers and memory.
Landscape is not a mere “reality scenario”, but the backdrop against which our lives play out. Throughout history, the landscape genre has been built on the myth of representation, trying to visually capture the world through mimesis, overlooking the invisible uncertainties of reality and every subjective character projected in the representation.
In the works by Ángela Cuadra, Juan Duque, Rui Pedro Jorge, Ion Macareno and Nacho Martín Silva, the reign of landscape has become broader and more fluid, as their points of view on everyday spaces engage in a dialogue with the fragments of an ongoing experience, beyond representation of reality. The featured works remind us that that eyes and consciousness can’t comprehend landscape in its whole, noting that the only way to establish contact with an alleged external reality is through the fragments, the holes and cracks of cognition.