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This exhibition shows for the first time, in a comprehensive and diachronic way, the link and influence of Galicia in the work and life of this international creator who, since the late 90s of the last century, spends long periods of time in his home and studio in the Ría de Pontevedra, in Bueu.
With a hundred works, the exhibition delves into the most decisive work of this link, through the linguistic plurality already manifested in the different genres —painting, sculpture, installation...— materials and formats, presented from his most representative series. The influence on the landscape, in the geographical osmosis of light and oceanic atlantism, with its sea wind —which he assumes in the manner of Cabanillas— the orography or the tradition of stone as identity, ethnography and the anthropology of the country he inhabits, from the lands of Morrazo.
The curator of the exhibition, Antón Castro, analyzes these keys that are collected in a careful catalog where Alberto Barciela, Pilar Corredoira and Ramón Rozas also collaborate with essays.
In the words of Antón Castro, "Cristobal Gabarron assumes the philosophy of his geographical nomadism and, although he was born in Mula (Murcia), he has not only been permeable to the gaze of the Mediterranean, whose light and nature have marked him, but also to the Castilian and Leonese sobriety —a part of his youth was spent in Valladolid— qualities that he glimpses from the broad cultural and artistic context that he experienced once he moved to New York in the mid 80's, a framework that he will extend to other latitudes such as France, Italy or China and, already in Spain, to his last residence and studio, seasonally, in front of the sea in Bueu: A stay of a quarter of a century that has ended up defining the Atlantic variable that he proudly claims and the starting point of the exhibition proposed by the Museum of Pontevedra, which shows the link and influence of Galicia in his work and in his life, mediated by culture, landscape, geographical osmosis of light and the Ocean.
The exhibition, besides being a paradigm of his artistic career, focuses on his view of Atlanticism, which he, a lover of poetry, redefines from one of the great poets of the sea, the avant-garde Manuel Antonio and his poetry book De catro a catro (1928), a story of a maritime voyage through the Mediterranean, which reinforces the loneliness of the sailor in the silence of the sea, as a representation of a world of his own.”
Veritas XX y XXI. Polychromed steel. 297 x 100 x 80 cm.1999 – 2000
Cores 7. Oil, pigment and mixed media on canvas. 155 x 315 cm. 2003
The two shores I. Polychrome chestnut wood. 229 x 60 x 50 cm. 2019 - 2020
The two shores II. Polychrome ash wood. 240 x 70 x 40 cm. 2019 - 2020