For Immediate Release
Hong Kong, October 15, 2014.
Cristobal Gabarron Alhambra Towers
Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 21st, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Jockey Club Innovation Tower
Location: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Visiting hours: Mon-Sun: 9:00 to 20:00 h until December 5, 2014.
From today, October 15th, and until December 5th, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University presents ten large-scale polychrome sculptures of Spanish artist Cristobal Gabarron.
This exhibition is the second public exhibit in Asia of the Spanish artist since last month, September 20th, in which the Shanghai Jing'an Sculpture Park presented 10 monumental sculptures, one entitled “Kronos” and nine from the Mysteries of Columbus series.
Curated by thinker Sami Naïr: “The Alhambra sculpture group that he now presents us is evidence that every artist who is aware of the mysteries of artistic creation knows what he must do: that is to say, the imperative necessity of not copying or loyally reproducing, but completely and wholly recreating the work chosen as a pretext. That is because the real artist knows only innovation, innovation that breaks what is away from what was, knowing that it will be overcome in the future by what will be created. André Malraux said that there was only one main difference between Picasso and Leonardo da Vinci: If Picasso were to see one of Da Vinci’s works, he would understand it; however, it is not likely –in fact it is quite improbable- that Da Vinci would be able to understand one of Picasso’s works. Times have changed, the conceptual tools are no longer the same and representations have undergone a metamorphosis.”
In the words of art philosopher Alfredo Mateos Paramio: “Cristobal Gabarron has erected 16 sculptures to the Alhambra, Al Hambra, la Roja (‘the red palace’), 16 towers in homage that surround an invisible palace, like that shaded ring the Turkish turtle doves wear in our parks. Splendid watchtowers in which a Mediterranean palette burns and whose surfaces do not cease to be imbued with living memory: the Alhambra of our shared memory, the Alhambra of the artist’s youthful wanderings.
Cristobal Gabarron’s beginnings as a painter, as is the case of Pol Bury and Donald Judd, grant him a different perspective as a sculptor. Matisse’s claim that color is the constituent element of pictorial space, this expressionism applied abundantly in his canvases, is developed in three dimensions in these sculptures. The stains of color spread over the edges of the sculpture, contaminating its angles, blurring its openings, and in short, deforming from within the planes on which it is established. Architects like Luis Barragán and Antonio Gaudí had applied the Mediterranean brightness to their works earlier, but without subverting the boundaries between planes. Just like that red blouse that the poet Ibn Hazm saw, here it is color that finally constitutes the volumes of these sculptures. The blue shadows of Granada’s noon hour, the greens of its fruited gardens, the earthy yellows and those pinks and reds that provide depth- Kandinsky dixit- as well as the most flayed of surfaces.”
You can download images of Alhambra Towers at Polytechnic University in this link: Alhambra Towers in Hong Kong
More information: Jazmin Sentis: NYC. +1.212.573.6968 I firstname.lastname@example.org I www.gabarron.org