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The hermitage of San Roque in the Murcian city of Fuente Alamo hosts from Saturday 9th March, the unedited exhibition Skins. It is organized by the Department of Education, Culture and Environment of the City of Fuente Alamo, and has the support of the Fundacion Casa Pintada-Museo Cristobal Gabarron (Painted House Foundation – Cristobal Gabarron Museum of Mula).
Pieles (Skins) is a collection of over fifty artworks created with the heart, memory and hands. It intertwines a personal and metaphysical narrative based on organic elements from earth, whose foundation is the fibrous stem of a palm frond the artist salvaged from a dying palm tree at his studio in Mula. Through the appropriate conservation treatment, he breathes new life into the leaf by assembling syncretic elements, painting, tattooing or intervening on the skin of each work, reviving them with an unmistakable anthropomorphic concept, since they remind us of the ritual masks of primitive peoples.
In the words of the curator of the exhibition, Juan Garcia Sandoval, “Pieles focuses on concepts related to nature, where all living beings have skin, we are skin, and we are part of Mother Earth, as a group that is made up of layers and strata. Alternating mantles that now, through man’s activity, have given rise to climate change and thus the need for updating and reorienting human beings’ relationship with the environment, assuming we want to save the planet, an artistic discourse that makes us reconsider the forms and uses of (the planet’s) skin and the hierarchy of the current value system in relation to nature, whereby the artist places the human being at the center as a colonizer who devastates natural resources, and invites us to face the present with his symbolic art. Cristobal Gabarron (1945, Mula, Spain) tests his connection to the earth, the past, and memory.”
Exhibition coordinator: Jose Cedran - +34.618.345.020
Museum of Fuente Alamo – firstname.lastname@example.org - +34.968.103.251 / +34.659.081.710
Calm work made well with effort and dedication always bears fruit. There are many examples of this in Cristobal Gabarron’s exhibition at the San Roque Chapel in Fuente Álamo de Murcia this spring, the result of great steps taken in recent years in order to be able to walk along a path that has to lead us to places like this one. This effort, which was partly led by the coordinator of the exhibition hall, José Celdrán Peñalver, is undeniable. As the architect of this project he managed to build and coordinate the efforts made by the City Councillor for Culture and the personnel of that office to have a broader and lasting impact. The presentation of the 2018 Pincel del Año prize to Gabarron meant continuing the tradition of connecting major artists to our flagship, the International Painting Contest of Villa de Fuente Álamo, which already includes names like Pedro Cano, Pepe Hernández, Ángel Mateo Charris and Concha Martínez Barreto, the last two of whom have been featured in magnificent shows right here ever since we re-opened the hall we built, where today we can enjoy PIELES, the exhibit of our most prominent artist to date.
I began this text with a few lines by Antonio Machado, since considering the date and the similarity to our artist these lines are indispensable for introducing
this exhibition; the poet’s death is commemorated every February, and this year, 2019, marks the 80th anniversary of his passing. Additionally, Gabarron’s
work is focused on his interest in humanism, in people living in harmony with their natural surroundings, in peaceful interactions and the development of human values. I chose these lines because they are perfect for defining the humanist that Cristobal Gabarron can be and is.
Do not want to miss the opportunity to encourage all lovers of culture, in general, and art, in particular, to make their way to this Mediterranean location with
its incredible attractions, three top-rank exhibition halls and an iconic building (the oldest one standing in Fuente Álamo) that hosts a show specially made by our neighbor from Mula, Cristobal Gabarron, to be shown at the San Roque Chapel. Therefore, to all the citizens of Fuente Álamo, take pride in the fact that from March to May your town is home to a unique exhibition by one of the most prominent international artists in the Region of Murcia and Spain who circulates between Spain, the United States and China.
The City Council for Culture of the City of Fuente Álamo de Murcia continues uphold the quality of this work, this artist, and this opportunity so that everyone who wishes to enjoy art can do so in a truly unique way. I thus invite you to walk about the San Roque Chapel from March 9 to May 5 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and Saturday and Sunday mornings (from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.), where a breath of fresh air will make you feel much better.