Last Update 21th November 2017

      About Oxidations Concept

      About the Concept

So far I have spent a couple of years exploring the Oxidised surface finish. My goal in my exploration pushed me in the direction where I had to decide how to be creative in order to get authenticity in my work, trying to not limit myself in the tradition, but being more aggressive in order to get satisfactory results. it´s like a photographer taking pictures, trying shots to get the visual language that speaks by itself.  That´s the beauty of art, all of us are spectators of something new flourishing, taking place in front of you. The first expectation is the artist himself. This hooks you up, because you become a linguist. You are creating a language where you speak through the work, that´s why the more hours you spend, the more ideas and answers you find to get something different.

I tried many different ways to get my results, some of them very traditional recopies, where you have to be very methodical in every step until getting good results. Passing through sparkling urine, dipping them in muck, until breaking the conservative rules by using industrial car paint, lacquer or even permanent marker pen. There is a point of no return, it is like climbing a big wall. Once you start, you hit a point where it is easier to continue and finish than get back from where you came. The evolution of the process has dictated new rules. The new rule is that there are no rules. I think if I limit the exploration process to stick to the traditional recipes, it would not be an ”exploration” anymore but instead, a ”reorganising” of something already known.

I tried many different ways to get my results, some of them very traditional recopies, where you have to be very methodical in every step until getting good results. Passing through sparkling urine, dipping them in muck, until breaking the conservative rules by using industrial car paint, lacquer or even permanent marker pen.There is a point of no return, it is like climbing a big wall. Once you start, you hit a point where it is easier to continue and finish than get back from where you came. The evolution of the process has dictated new rules. The new rule is that there are no rules. I think if I limit the exploration process to stick to the traditional recipes, it would not be an ”exploration” anymore but instead, a ”reorganising” of something already known.

After the exploration on oxidised surfaces, there is not much more I can think about to find different results by colouring the skull. Now it is the skull that has to be explored. One idea has been stuck in my head for the last year. It is divided in to two concepts, both of them exploring in a sort of elongated skull or even stretched. But one of them came in a form of an image, a bizarre kind of image, and the other one is a grouping titled “CALL ME BLUE. This time trying a limited series of Blue Oxidations, only blue. Why? Because after the blue colours I found in Collections II, I think It is worth it to give it a shot. I have feeling that I could experiment more with an elongated sculpture, and stylized shape. Almost pharaonic, like a Tutankhamun death mask, where Gold stands out and steps on earth bleeding electric blue and green colours. And their nature enhances the carnal silhouette.

 

I have feeling that I could experiment more with an elongated sculpture, and stylized shape. Almost pharaonic, like a Tutankhamun death mask, where Gold stands out and steps on earth bleeding electric blue and green colours. And their nature enhances the carnal silhouette.

   Starting with ideas for the new collection

   Starting with ideas

The research of learning to develop new work is as important as the work itself, it is a work that needs hours of spending time looking for ideas, that captivates in some ways. There are no rules in order to find something unique. No ways but the hard work of getting obsessed with the project and how much I can find myself comfortable doing this, helping me to explore and feel free literally to lost myself into the joy of learning and exploring to find the next move.

This year has been quite hectic after visiting Europe for a few months, really needing a trip to connect again with Europe and the charm of its flavours and smell. Never young never old, in big old cities still manageable by bike. I visited Denmark, Rotterdam, Barcelona, and Tenerife (Canary Islands). Energetic Sun in the island to charge batteries. I briefly visited my family’s home as well as talented designers and lovely people in Rotterdam in the hot April of 2017, in the middle of Holland. Mild cream summer compared to the spicy hot ones we have in the Canaries, refreshed by Atlantic breath and the ”Panza de burro”, sheets of lightly smoked clouds get stuck admiring the solid Volcano´s skirts in the North of the island, and sieve the sunlight over the black sand on the beach.

I have been thinking how to progress, or in other words, what to do next with Oxidations. So first thing I started practicing was the anatomy in several Marquette’s in the research of new ideas.

 

I have been thinking how to progress, or in other words, what to do next with Oxidations. So first thing I started practicing was the anatomy in several Marquette’s in the research of new ideas.

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   Working to get the final piece for collection 3

 

   Working on the piece

Using technology is a great option for geometrical work. In the last collection 2, I spent several hours cutting, sanding and putting together every single wooden box for each piece. This time I am using a software and printers to design a prototype of the packaging, that then I will manufacture using molds. In this video, I show you a peek of the first concept that most probably will change.

Collection 3

   EIDOS, playing visually

The strength and the visual power of this piece reside on the distorted effect, capturing the attention in the first glance. To look at it is almost to play a trick on your eyes and mind. But because it is real, an authentic material was required to complete this experience. For some reason, this idea appeared very intriguing and magnetic in my head ever since I started thinking about it. I am not the first one doing distorted sculptures, but every time I see this effect in a three-dimensional object, I can´t stop staring at it. A strange attraction pushes me to look at it, like a teenager discovering boobs for the first time in his life. So I decided to go for it and experiment giving it my twist. From this interest in shapes, I named it “Eidos”. This is a Greek root term when referring to the shape of an element, say mastoid ( the processes of the skull behind the ears) meaning mastos = breast or teat + eidos = shape or Ovoid, Ovo = egg + Eidos or asteroid, helicoid, anthropoid…

The strength and the visual power of this piece reside on the distorted effect, capturing the attention in the first glance. To look at it is almost to play a trick on your eyes and mind.

I am currently working on a big size sculpture of Eidos as I can´t avoid thinking on this concept on a large scale, it will look amazing in an open space or a big room. In this case, I picture it as a pop culture version, making a  fiberglass CMYK coated finish product, 110cm/43inch size. I love powerful colors. A clean polished surface, hand crafted but almost like factory produced. Completely artificial, the opposite of the skulls own nature, this makes an iconic image of it, just beautiful. The sculpture will be hanging from the wall attached to a solid system.

I am currently working on a big size sculpture of Eidos as I can´t avoid thinking on this concept on a large scale, it will look amazing in an open space or a big room.