Medium format analog photograph, with ISO 400 film, digitized and printed on Hahnemühle Fine Art Photo Rag paper with pigmented inks.
Turrell, Montenmedio Foundation (2022), perfectly exemplifies Patrik Grijalvo’s work. To make the work owe only itself to itself is an old ideal of modern art: to cut the ties that bind it to natural reality and let it stand, all contained within its pure limits.
To take up this venerable pretension without falling into abstraction and, moreover, to do it from the photographic medium seems almost an impossibility. But Patrik Grijalvo has found a way to shore up the autonomy of his images. He weakens their link with the real referent -without losing it- and thus vindicates their condition as objects.
In his hands they become sculptures: pieces of a delicate and subtle volume, achieved by a serene composition of planes. The result, far from being capricious or redundant, transmits a harmonious sensation of necessity.
The artist does not impose any three-dimensional form on the images, at his whim. Rather, he constructs it from the attributes of the photographic surface. One of the peculiarities of photography is the focus, which forces to discriminate areas of variable sharpness and, therefore, to mark the various planes of depth.
Patrik Grijalvo’s works are part of multiple art collections such as: Het Wilde Weten- Rotterdam, Fundación Bilbao Arte – Bilbao or Diputación Foral de Bizkaia, Spain, among other private foundations around the world.
In his long series collected under the general title of “Photography as object” he transcends the portrait to use it practically as color planes.
This is something that was already present in his last series “Rotten Apples”, in which only if we approached the work we could appreciate that what were apparently flat black spots actually hid a vegetable lattice.
The raw material is manipulated in such a way that there is hardly a trace of what those original photographs portrayed. The register of the work is now definitely close to sculptural, almost leaving the viewer with no arguments to speak of photographs.