As far as I know

11/02/2021 - 17/04/2021

Javier Ruiz

'As far as I know' is the title of the Andalusian artist's first solo exhibition at the Victor Lope Gallery. In general, all the titles of his paintings describe what is going on in them. 'As far as I know' encompasses them all, expressed in the first person as if he were thinking out loud. Javier captures your attention in the small everyday stories that happen to us but are sometimes imperceptible. It could be said that Javier is the narrator of the daily finer things. The every day is sublimated and detail reigns among the mustard and blue tones of nameless landscapes.

The Italian expression “se non é vero, é ben trovato” seems to refer to the work of Javier Ruiz. If this landscape is not true, it is well found. Suddenly, a hitherto unknown place, a hitherto unimagined situation, is presented to the public as the reflection of memory.

For Javier, painting is not simply a means, but part of the end. Once inside it, something that seemed to have been dormant for some time reappears with the force of memory in oil. Javier Ruiz’s imagery starts from some internal but unconscious or, rather, silent place or moment. The images emerge from the paradox: from ignorance, a language of his own is generated in which Javier is sincere with himself. Therefore, his work oscillates between truth and lies. While he paints he asks himself: “Maybe behind all this, there is nothing but emptiness”. However, his work functions as an exercise in self-exploration, so it would be one of these voids that he fills.

Faceless figures, people out of their context, landscapes that look like reveries… Do the characters face indefinition or do they coexist with it? At the moment of creation, Javier is not fully aware of what he does or represents. This generates an unexpected space in the spectator, a space left to the imagination of the beholder. According to the artist, “to find oneself in total ambiguity is sometimes the only way we have to choose freely what option we want to take. A total sincerity with oneself”.

‘As far as I know’ is the title of the Andalusian artist’s first solo exhibition at the Victor Lope Gallery. In general, all the titles of his paintings describe what is going on in them. ‘As far as I know’ encompasses them all, expressed in the first person as if he were thinking out loud. Javier captures your attention in the small everyday stories that happen to us but are sometimes imperceptible. It could be said that Javier is the narrator of the daily finer things. The every day is sublimated and detail reigns among the mustard and blue tones of nameless landscapes.

 

María Valcárcel

About the artist

Exhibition's artworks

Javier Ruiz
La hierba crece de noche VI (2021)
Painting 4800€ (IVA incl.)
Javier Ruiz
Pensé que matarlo era la única forma de calmar este calor sofocante (2021)
Painting 6850€ (IVA incl.)
Javier Ruiz
En mi hambre debería de mandar yo II (2021)
Painting 2450€ (IVA incl.)
Javier Ruiz
En mi hambre debería de mandar yo (2021)
Painting 2200€ (IVA incl.)
Javier Ruiz
Si uno muere, una parte del otro también (2021)
Painting 1500€ (IVA incl.)
Javier Ruiz
Todos necesitamos un abrazo (2021)
Painting 1500€ (IVA incl.)
Javier Ruiz
Sin título (2020)
Painting 6500€ (IVA incl.)
Javier Ruiz
Cualquier día nos encontraremos (2020)
Painting 5800€ (IVA incl.)
Javier Ruiz
Se acabará el libre albedrío (2020)
Painting 1500€ (IVA incl.)
Javier Ruiz
La hierba crece de noche V, apunte (2021)
Painting 560€ (IVA incl.)
Javier Ruiz
La hierba crece de noche VI, apunte (2021)
Painting 560€ (IVA incl.)
Javier Ruiz
Apunte XIX (2020)
Painting 560€ (IVA incl.)
Javier Ruiz
Apunte XXV (2020)
Painting 700€ (IVA incl.)
Javier Ruiz
En mi hambre debería mandar yo, apunte (2020)
Painting 560€ (IVA incl.)
Javier Ruiz
En mi hambre debería mandar yo II, apunte (2020)
Painting 560€ (IVA incl.)
Javier Ruiz
Tendremos que enfrentarnos a nosotros mismos, apunte (2020)
Painting 560€ (IVA incl.)
Javier Ruiz
Todos necesitamos un abrazo, apunte (2020)
Painting 560€ (IVA incl.)