ABRAHAM LACALLE ‘War painting’

Artist: Abraham Lacalle

Exhibition title: War painting
Curator: Omar-Pascual Castillo
Dates: 09.10.2015 to 10.01.2016
Place: CAAM – Los Balcones 11. Planta 2. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Spain
Coproducen: CAAM y Fundación Luis Seoane
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 9pm. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Abraham Lacalle

Abraham Lacalle (Almería, 1962) unfolds different artistic possibilities in search of his personal path within the restrictive rules of the game of pictorial language.

The artist’s work starts with his early Cárceles (Jails), which serve as «solitary confinement cells» where painting is imprisoned. Then it opens into dynamic wooded Paisajes (Landscapes), where a still Utopian eco-systemic awareness comes to light. Eventually, it turns into the present Campos de batalla (Battle Fields). Here, painting –which happens and narrates– is itself a battle and a remnant of the battle, and ceases to be a scene to become a setting, the end of the disagreement, a discovery.

In the artist’s newest works, his explorations in the exercise of pictorial language have progressed from Un lugar donde nunca sucede nada (A place where nothing ever happens) to the «place where the most dreadful events occur». Here, the decadence generated by the pugnacity of human violence becomes a geographic landmark: the experience of death, loneliness and devastation.

In these works, Lacalle reverses the trend in his way of painting: before, he had always kept a safe distance –as is said in the hunting practice of the distance between beast and prey–. Then he started to go deep into the work, as a photojournalist getting into a hot zone in a dangerous territory.

Abraham has learnt all the mysteries of pictorial language, since he perfectly manages the promiscuous and ambiguous borders between figurative and abstract art (modern and post-modern), which makes him a legitimate artist of his time. Now that he has come out well of all his battles, he settles his own new rules of the game for a dialogue with an overwhelming present where images (and imaginaries) infest everything. Abraham’s work appears, then, as a distinguished visual poetics that casts its planimetric damages against the white wall of the institution of art, turning it into a symbolic confrontation zone.

This is a place where Painting tacitly becomes a gratifying truth by reminding us that we are alive due to its ability to activate our senses and our memory. And to find a privileged place for our emotions, which now (excited almost to fever pitch)… vibrate.

Omar-Pascual Castillo


Presentation to the media of the exhibitions by Santiago Ydáñez, Julião Sarmento and Abraham Lacalle

Inauguration of the exhibitions by Santiago Ydáñez, Julião Sarmento and Abraham Lacalle

Children’s opening of the exhibitions by Santiago Ydáñez, Julião Sarmento and Abraham Lacalle

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