Plant and Puddle

Antonio Ballester Moreno

Plant and Puddle, 2021

Characterized by a language of reduced forms and shapes – areas defined by solid fields of color, the work of Antonio Ballester Moreno explores the human relationship with the image and the roots of pictorial representation at large. Making the conceptualization of schematic images, a graphic structure that portrays our conceptual categorization and perceptual constancies of the world, the point of departure of his work, Ballester Moreno examines the nature of human perception and the way we understand and construct, through images,
the world we live in.

With its subject firmly rooted in reality, Plant and Puddle (2021), is part of a new group of works, where the artist returns to the field of the representational. Despite reducing his forms to a set of basic formal components, defined by fields of color, and highlighting the universality and permanency of forms, Plant and Puddle introduce a complexity of form, reminiscent of Moreno’s earlier works inspired by folklore. Ballester Moreno appropriates the basic from the cycle of life, creating images of light and shadow, day and night. The interchangeability of these forms, where the moon becomes the sun, the sky becomes a field of grass, day becomes night, associates the work with the passing of time. Tied firmly with the theme of nature and the tradition of landscape painting, the work allows for space to open into infinity, crushing the invisible borders of the painting, and merging it with life beyond the canvas.

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.