The latest work of Prudencio Irazabal will be displayed in the Galería Helga de Alvear until May 4, 2013.

The world of color and light of Prudencio Irazabal in the Helga de Alvear Gallery
Madrid - MAR 11, 2013
The intention of the artist's work is to relocate the viewer in front the astonishment of perception. Thanks to the use of a liquid polymer, to which he first adds very clear gel so it becomes thicker during application, and later, small amounts of pigment, Irazabal manages to create different colors with varying degrees of translucency. This effect manages to produce a sensation of “out of focus” in his paintings that suggest a corporal materialness. Until the late 90s, he constructed a mark around the fabric edges to prevent the diluent from seeping because of the flow and thickness of each layer of paint applied to the canvas. Over time the process was simplified, making a change in position of the fabric, from an upright position to a horizontal position.
The world of color and light of Prudencio Irazabal in the Helga de Alvear Gallery

 © Prudencio Irazabal

Since the eighties, Irazabal has been devoted to develop his research of color and light. His works speak about the pictorial fact itself and formally characterized by the subtle color gradation, which applied in many and imperceptible layers of glaze, end up creating formless spots, but with deep, rich results. The results are paintings that are defined both by their extreme transparency and luminosity and by the imperceptible points of confluence between the brushstrokes and color overlays. In a very significant text Miguel Á. Hernández-Navarro, Professor Contemporary Art History at the University of Murcia, writer and art critic, writes for ArtNueve Gallery, Murcia in 2011, explains the lack of focus in the paintings of Prudencio Irazabal:

"Aside from hiding, another central issue in Irazábal’s painting is the lack of focus, which launches a mobilization of the gaze, who’s normal fixation at a point becomes unstructured and begins to slide from one place to another without having a place in which stop or slow down. Undoubtedly, this notion of soft focus comes from photography, a medium that Irazábal has worked and whose presence-even off-field is always essential for understanding his work.



The world of color and light of Prudencio Irazabal in the Helga de Alvear Gallery
© Prudencio Irazabal
Blurriness was central to the beginnings of photography. As Walter Benjamin points out, these beginnings were full of mists and shadows. According to the German thinker, there is a kind of truth surrounding these early photographs that disappears with the evolution of technology, with the snapshot and image definition. Today we live in the era of high definition. The advanced images are absolutely clear and distinct with an increasing resolution. So are the images of television, film and advertising. Perfect images that almost manage to trick the eye. It is paradoxical that in this time of HDI (High Definition Image), still images we take for real, the ones that capture the moment of truth, are low definition images. The news is full of them: images of mobile security camera, of moviemakers ... poor images that show a relationship with the truth very similar to that observed by Benjamin in the first photography-whose regime of image was the one of romantic painting, replacing the drawing, emblem of reason, by color, closer to intuition, and the used the mist, fog or darkness as a way to present things that were incomprehensible by reason- . In a way, the out of focus of Prudencio Irazábal’s paintings are not too far from the truth regarding the sensitive truth that sits in a different regime than the high resolution images. In front of them, well defined, but absolutely immaterial, these paintings provide an experience of bodily materiality through the lack of focus."
The world of color and light of Prudencio Irazabal in the Helga de Alvear Gallery
© Prudencio Irazabal
The world of color and light of Prudencio Irazabal in the Helga de Alvear Gallery
© Prudencio Irazabal

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