Clouds (black) #1

Antonio Ballester Moreno

Clouds (black) #1, 2022

Characterized by a language of reduced forms and shapes 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 how we understand and construct, through images, the world we live in.

Clouds (black) #1, 2022 is part of a new group of works for which an approximation towards the pictorial field of representation becomes characteristic. Motives derived from nature continue to occupy the work of Ballester Moreno. His engagement with these themes results from their universality and permanency, making their meaning unchanged regardless of culture and place. Assigning a strong emphasis to the subject of horizontality, despite the actual verticality of these works, the manner in which the image is depicted suggests of landscape, highlighting the continuation of the image beyond the surface of the canvas and connecting it with real life. The motive of the sun interlocked in white clouds generates a sense of movement and time passage connecting the work with the theme of temporality. 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 with layers of liquid paint, a process reminiscent of dyeing clothes, the porous nature of the canvas, rich texture, and strong material presence appropriates the basics from the cycle of life, 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.