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SPACETIME - GALLERY'S BACKGROUND

THE IRKALLA OF THE SENSES

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Author Luis Royo

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71 x 102.5  cm
27.95 x 40.35  inch

PAINTING

Graphite, acrylic with airbrush on paper.

Painted surface 56 x 98 cm (22.04 x 38.58 in) in a format of 71 x 102.5 cm (27.95 x 40.17 in).

Year of realization 2014.

Signed on the bottom right of the piece.

Published on the inside of the author's book Malefic Time, Akelarre, page 32.

Luis Royo, during his long career, intermittently confronts the erotic theme from his most impudent side. In this large-scale work, entangled in lines and absences, the scene is offered to us under an atmosphere of daydreaming, almost monochrome and abstract, in such a way that this eroticism becomes plastic and aesthetic within its perversion. Not in vain is one of the most internationally recognized artists within this theme.

  

Painting has always seemed torn between an inward and an outward gaze: between vision and perception, between our dreams and the concrete, highly politicized conditions framing our comprehension of the world and what it might become. Today is no different. After a period in which the medium has been dominated by process-based abstraction, the figure – and representation with it – is ascendant again. But, if the 1990s and 2000s saw artists such as John Currin distorting classical form while others, following Gerhard Richter, mimicked photography, today’s figuration displays a distinctly different character. Gone, for the most part, are the echoes of old masters; gone, too, are the blurs of photorealism. What takes their place, instead, is a highly idiosyncratic approach filtered through pronounced affect, comic-book and sci-fi aesthetics, dreamy narratives and an eagerness to engage with our political moment without forfeiting the sensuousness of the medium.

David Geers (Sotheby's)

 

"-Before the time, there was a war on this place. We called it Irkalla. This is the place we come from, but you know that already. You were the reason. Humanity were the cause. To serve our purposes or find your own place in the balance of things ... be mere shadows of who we are, in image and likeness, or project the shadow of your own nature. There is the break. That's how it all started. Thus two worlds were built: one under the shadow. Another who deserved to throw his own shadow. The Irkalla is not only a battlefield, after the rebellion, it is also a place for choice, for the senses, for freedom. It has got to be in both worlds. You know that too, because you have always known."

Malefic Time, Akelarre

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