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Albarrán Cabrera / Pájaros

Albarrán Cabrera / Pájaros

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In 1959, Joan Miró referred to his fascination with immobility as an expression of the idea of infinity with these words: "Immobility makes me think of the great spaces in which movements take place that do not stop at any given moment, movements that have no end. It is, as Kant said, the immediate irruption of the infinite into the finite. A pebble, which is a finite and immobile object, suggests to me not only movements, but endless movements. In my paintings, this is translated into forms similar to sparks that emerge from the frame as if from a volcano."

Miró was particularly attracted by the infinite space and how to represent on a canvas the endless movement with the help of minimal and finite elements. To achieve this he used small dots or contrasting colours in saturated paintings.

Between 1969 and 1979 he created a set of space paintings, among which is Oiseau dans l'espace (Bird in Space, 1976), a dense and rich white background representing an immense void only interrupted by a slight line of dots and two points like sparks.

Looking at this painting, one can see the flight path of a bird. Miró uses a minimal representation of the bird to let our imagination fly, awaken memories and "see" the infinite in the finite. Following his example, some of our images of birds are simple dots, shadows or metaphors that represent the concept of a bird more vividly than the actual image of a bird itself.
In our work, the interpretation of the images is left to the memories of the viewer. Each photograph encodes a set of personal experiences around the described subject, but the final meaning will depend on the experiences of the viewer. Like Miró, the way we create this narrative space and this complicity is a slow and natural process: "I consider my studio as an orchard. Here I have the artichokes. There, the potatoes. You have to cut the leaves so that the fruit grows. When the time is right, you have to prune. I work like a gardener... Things come slowly... They follow their natural course. They grow, they mature. It's time to graft. I must water... I ripen several things in my head. So I always work on many things at once."

Language: Spanish
Size: 20,5 x 26 cm, 96 pages
Binding: hardcover
Publisher: RM, 2020

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