16/03/2017 - 13/05/2017
In the series Visual Gravitations, which we present at the Galería Víctor Lope, Patrik Grijalvo (Bilbao, 1984) takes a step further in his process of sculpting photography that began several years ago (2010) with his long series collected under the general title of “Photography as object”.
If in those beginnings he wanted to develop a game close to that of Eduardo Chillida’s “Gravitations” or that of Jerry McMillan’s studies with cropped photography (with his famous question: “Should photography be flat?”), but with the nuance that the raw material were photographs of architecture made by himself, now he transcends the portrayed to use it practically as color planes.
This is something that was already present in his last series “Rotten Apples” (to be exhibited next April at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao), in which only if we approached the work we could appreciate that what were apparently flat black spots actually hid a vegetal lattice.
Now, in “Gravitación visual”, the same thing happens. Here the raw material is manipulated in such a way that there is hardly a trace of what those original photographs portrayed and the register of the work is definitely close to the sculptural, almost leaving the viewer without arguments to speak properly of photographs.