12 Sept to 30 Oct 2013.
Following his latest exhibition Ring Cycle in 2011, the Galería Pilar Serra presents Red Space, the latest project from Adrián Navarro forming part of his series Spaces. This series reinforces a line of investigation of his establishing connections between the pictorial medium, perception, architecture and abstraction.
The colour red invades the gallery creating a warm, sensual and enveloping atmosphere. Navarro plays with transforming the perception of the spectator, generating an intense and dramatic ambience. Red in all its variants, from scarlet to carmine, passing through cadmium and alizarin, reflects the protagonism of the colour and discovers for us sensations “which only painting can provoke through colour understood as a source of radiant energy” according to the artist. The expression of colour as a malleable pictorial substance is appreciated through loose brushstrokes, spontaneous and rhythmic tracings running across the canvas.
Rhythm, like colour, is fundamental in the work of Adrián Navarro. In a certain way, the surface of the picture hides from us the complexity of the tension between the interior, corporal and gestural rhythm, and the exterior rhythm, rigorous in its repetition. This duality expresses a hybrid space, a reflection of the human mind, where rational conscience co-exists with intuition.
As in the earlier series Spheres, Rings and Loops, in the works of Red Space an illusory space can be seen generated by a grid of points located in the foreground, which contains a chaotic and mutable organic matter. The abstract structure that is created when the spaces are interlinked challenges the “ineluctable flatness” (C. Greenberg) of the surface of the picture composing “a visual score”, which extends beyond the limits of the canvas and appropriates the space of the gallery.
ADRIÁN NAVARRO (Boston, 1973) lives and works in London. He started his artistic activity in New York in 2001, after graduating from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, School of Architecture. In 2008 Navarro completed his art studies in Central Saint Martin´s College of Art & Design.
Adrián Navarro has been recently shortlisted for the ‘100 Painters of Tomorrow’ Thames & Hudson Publication and for ‘Contemporary Visions IV’ at Beers.Lambert Gallery, London, 2013. Recent solo shows include Reflections, Maerz Contemporary, Berlin, 2012 and In&Out, 60 Threadneedle Street Art Space, London, 2012. He has been featured in group shows such as Geometry of Chance, Mirus Gallery , San Francisco, 2013; Premiere 2013, Maerz Contemporary, Berlin, 2013 and Cómplices del arte español contemporáneo, Fundación Canal, Madrid 2012.