GALERIA CONTRAST, Barcelona
Íñigo Navarro (b. 1977, Madrid, Spain)
The initial idea was to take a critical look at our time, however it became evident from the first works that the decay that mattered to me was my own. So I tried to refocus the idea to mix the supposed decay of society with my intimate vision. Decadence tends to have a beautiful or romantic aspect that endows it with beauty, "grass grows in neglected temples".
Another issue that is present in my work, but that makes more sense in this series, is the revision of the ideas of the past combined with the theoretical demands to which the artists of my generation are subject. Until now the use of classical techniques was partly a pleasure, partly a provocation and partly the consequence of my belief (and this is dogmatic for me) that art is related mainly to the poetic symbol, being the discipline merely an almost irrelevant choice. In any case, the use of classical techniques in this body of work has a nostalgic tint that only adds to the two most important premises: underline beauty and yearn for a past that seems better.
Rafel Bestard (b. 1967, Majorca, Spain)
The Majorcan painter recreates the world from his most personal perspective, a perspective that is usually very disquieting.
The main topic of his work is the reflection on the human condition; trying to pursue the profoundness in the ordinary and most immediate, reversing the meaning of the quotidian in a different and disturbing parallel world. In the words of the artist himself “When someone tells me that they have been disturbed, disoriented and surprised by what they are seeing ... it's a good sign! It means I have achieved my goal.”
Rafel Bestard references are great artists who have survived the passage of time as Velázquez, Rembrandt or Caravaggio and also artists of the most contemporary scene that moves him, like Eric Fischl. The artist has the desire to explain concepts in his paintings; “They have to tell stories. I do not think that the viewer has to solve puzzles to get to the message of the work. The paintings have to communicate something, although then each one interprets what they want in the way they want,” says Bestard.
This artist does not seek paradise; He desires a quiet life, meanwhile with his creations he gives us many things to think about.