Sin título (planta fondo blanco)

Antonio Ballester Moreno

Sin título (planta fondo blanco), 2020

Reduced forms and shapes defined by solid fields of color, characteristic for the works of Antonio Ballester Moreno suggest a deep interest in the human connection with the image and in the roots of pictorial representation at large. The making of any image begins with a schema, a graphic structure that portrays our conceptual categorization and perceptual constancies of the world. Schemas, for which a reduced naturalism of its form is symptomatic, function as symbols representative of objects, which construct the world around us and depict a shared knowledge shaped by the cultural context they are a part of. Making schematic images the point of departure of his work, Antonio Ballester Moreno explores the nature of human perception regarding how we understand and construct the world we live in.

Schematic images allow the artist to renegotiate, the pureness of depiction, while create an open work, which, by its formal simplicity, generates a sense of a collective and non-exclusive language that is accessible and shared by everyone. Making the theme of nature central to the work, Sin título (planta fondo blanco) refers to growth, evolution and the passaging of time. Time in the work of Ballester Moreno opposes the nature of time’s contemporary speed, rejecting thus the legacy of modernity, and instead, depicts time from a biological perspective, characteristic for evolution, may this evolution be a biological one or an intellectual one, such as the evolution of forms, characteristic for its slowness and opposition towards post-industrial modes of life. 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.

Antonio Ballester Moreno lives and works in Madrid. His work has been exhibited at La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain; Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico and Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M), Móstoles, Spain among others. In 2018 Ballester Moreno co-curated and participated in the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo. His work is in the collections of the Museo Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid, Art Situacions, Barcelona, Spain, DKV Collection, Spain, Banco de España Collection, Spain, Olor Visual Collection, Barcelona, Spain, CA2M–Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Móstoles, Spain, MUSAC–Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain, Olbricht Collection, Berlin, Collection Reydan Weiss, Essen, Germany and the Jerry Speyer Collection, New York among other.