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Author Romulo Royo

165.0 x 165.0 cm / 64.96 x 64.96 inch



Ink, acrylic and oil on backlit translucent fabric, mounted in aluminum.

Size 165 x 165 cm.

Year of realization 2009.

Published inside the author's book Videncia, Velamiento, Ceguera, page 39.

The composition is bold. The technique used is innovative. Here Romulo uses translucent fabrics to give light to the painting from behind. The effects verge on three-dimensional and the character transports us to the future with the aid of her clothes. This work was exhibited at the On-Off collective show at the Santa Monica Foundation in Barcelona. The galleries participating in the show included ADN Galeria (Ulrich Vogl), Galeria Angels Barcelona (Peter Downsborough), MACBA Museum (Ángels Ribé), Galeria Joan Gaspar (Etienne Krähenbül), Galeria Marlborough (Pelayo Ortega), Galeria Trma (Javier Vázques), Kowasa Gallery (Juan Bufill), masArt Galeria (Joana Cera) and N2 Galeria (Rosó Cusó).

The Organizing Committee for the show: Anna Buscató (GGAC), Ana Mas (Abe), Laura Zubiaur (Art Catalunya), Miguel Ángel Sánchez (GIC) and Vicky Cortina (GGAC).

It is curious that the 18th century’s leading cultural movement should be called “la ilustración” and “la il.lustració” (“Illustration”) in Spanish and Catalan, while in English and French-speaking countries (truly illustrated cradles of culture) it is referred to as “Enlightenment” and “Lumières” (lights), respectively. The “ilustración” (Illustration) was assimilated by the “Siglo de las Luces” (Century of Lights), and this also caused an assimilation of its content: illuminating man, bringing him out of the dark ages, which was the movement’s true project, involves enlightening him, in other words instructing him and helping him to understand the world. In both senses, as both illumination and illustration, underlying the individual’s quest for emancipation there is the intention to develop a programme in which the education and training of people is of prime importance. In fact, illustrate and illuminate can have similar meanings, but illustrate also refers to the act of decorating or exemplifying a story or an idea, in principal, with pictures. Both senses of the word “illustration” are very closely bound to one other: an illustration of a text throws light on what is written, just as writing can cast light on a picture. The knot that binds them in any case is one of the bases of the Enlightenment’s project: knowledge.

Extract from the text, Prologue: To illuminate or to illustrate, by David G. Torres

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