The work of Antonio Ballester Moreno (b. 1977, Madrid) points to a world of primary colors and childish forms where materials like unprocessed jute or clay yield an oeuvre of singular beauty and austere shapes. Reduced forms and shapes defined by solid fields of color, characteristic for the artist’s practice, suggest a deep interest in the human connection with the image and the roots of pictorial representation at large. Making schematic images the point of departure of his work, Antonio Ballester Moreno explores the nature of human perception, examining the way we understand and construct the world that surrounds us.
Working with universal and permanent forms, such as spheres, lines, or horizontal color fields, Ballester Moreno appropriates the basic from the cycle of life, creating images of light and shadow, day and night. The passage of time is echoed here through the selection of subject matter and its ties with nature, as well as through the organization of the paintings, which depict the passing from day to night and night to day. Rejecting the legacy of modernity, and instead depicting time from a biological perspective, characteristic for its slowness, the work shapes a powerful opposition towards post-industrial modes of life actively challenging our present understanding of time as capital, where biological time is considered waste. Painted on untreated, raw jute by layers of liquid paint, reminiscent of dyeing clothes, the porous nature of the canvas, rich texture, and strong material presence ties these works firmly with nature, taking us back to the once familiar, to the universal, to what we all share.