Landscape #4, 2018. Oil on canvas. 40x50 cm
Landscape #3, 2018. Oil on canvas. 50x40 cm
Landscape #2, 2018. Oil on canvas. 153x122 cm
The Landscape Series, as in his other series, deal with spatial arrangements, elaborately designed optical illusions that represent virtual spaces - his artificial realities seem to extend beyond the boundaries of the screen. With his painting Adrián Navarro tackles the age-old, fundamental problem of painting, creating depth on a two-dimensional canvas. He chooses a completely new, revolutionary path, which was made possible only by the technical achievements of the twenty-first century.
The depth of the room or the three-dimensional impression is produced by the form itself. Navarro uses a computer-based method, CAD (Computer Aided Design), to create perfectly modeled shapes, which he then paints with brush and paint. The depicted forms, in the present case landscapes, present themselves to the viewer as plastic, three-dimensional objects and create a dramatically protruding, three-dimensional impression hitherto unmatched in painting.
The painterly problem of spatial depth has been approached in many ways in the past. One of the most important discoveries was certainly the mathematically correct spatial perspective by Brunelleschi in the 15th century. But even before, savvy painters have tried by clever shortening to show room depth. Later different styles developed in the different styles to represent the depth of space. Hatching, play with light and shadow, special shades for the background. Over time, classical painting has accumulated and perfected a vast repertoire of possibilities.
Landscape #2, 2018. Oil on canvas. 130x200 cm
Impressionists sacrificed part of the depth of the new painting style, which emphasized our natural vision and color and light effects. Paul Cézanne tried to compensate for this disadvantage of Impressionism with its provincial landscapes. Even in Cubism as well as in abstract painting, the respective artists tried to solve the problem of spatial depth with different means and varying degrees of success.
Adrian Navarro explores the depth of space with the resources of his generation. In addition to his art education, Navarro is also a trained architect and is accustomed to working with the latest means of computer support. So-called CAD systems are today common working tools, e.g. to transform a two-dimensional design plan into a three-dimensional model in architecture and to make it comprehensible to laymen. Navarro uses these tools for his three-dimensional paintings. He uses a complex, multi-step process. First, he paints a finely textured background on the carefully prepared canvas, then transfers the grid structure of his object to the canvas with a large-format plotter, then begins the elaborate work with brush and paint in several layers to give the objects their impressive shape. The result is novel paintings of an extraordinary depth effect. This impressive depth of space is achieved solely through the object without the previously known repertoire from classical painting.
Barbara Margot— Adrián Navarro:Landscapes —Bern, 2018