“Lo azul”

Maru Quiñonero

Group exhibition

The word Blue, which we recognize and use as a masculine noun or adjective, is enlarged to gather an endless set of meanings. Because infinite can be every person perceptions and distorted personal memories.

Maru Quiñonero

Alvaro Alcázar Gallery presents the first solo exhibition of Mari Quiñonero as a new gallery artist. “Lo azul” is an exhibition created exclusively for this space, and is emerging as a great personal project. 

The exhibition features twelve works that reveal the evolution of the artist in the creative process of her series “Color and Vacuum”; a work beyond abstraction that focuses on the diversity of shapes and colors. The exhibition displays both, an unpublished text and a series of pictorial works on canvas and paper where the use of color is studied beyond mere plastic expression, opening up a range of possibilities that takes the artist to more moving areas. This journey through the color blue continues in a group exhibition, including artworks by gallery artists such as Mari Puri Herrero, Rafael Canogar, Peter Krauskopf, Rebeca Plana and Guillem Nadal, and also guest artists such as Alejandro Botubol and Jude Castel.

Taken together, both exhibitions highlight as Maru Quiñonero defined, a “merry-go-round of irrefutable blues”, which reveal, indeed, numerous emotional perceptions. Rafael Canogar leaves in his works the trail of the metaphorical and lyrical intensity of the pictorial surface. In “Winter”, the work presented here, blue acquires even greater force as a representation of that season. Peter Krauskopf also manages to give an almost wintery dimension to the blue in his brushstroke of pictorial drag, to the point of making it freezing with those metallic and shiny tones, so similar to ice.

Memories of a city can be also blue. Jude Castel represents in several works made in pen on paper, his vision of Madrid through emblematic monuments or buildings. Blue can also be the memory of water, of sea. For Rebeca Plana it is an approach to the Mediterranean Sea, the same as for Guillem Nadal. Even Alejandro Botubol, gives it a mystical character, as his his blue manages to illuminate itself. Finally, in the middle of the room we find a monumental sculpture by Mari Puri Herrero “Reading head” in that color that she defines as “Bilbao blue” and which shows how comfortable she feels painting with it. According to the artist, blue tends to expand better and how can it not, if it is the color of the sky, of the water. It is a color that allows you to feel free in movement.

Ultimately with these two exhibitions, perhaps we will be able to expand our own ideas and emotions regarding this color. Perhaps we will even be able, as Mari Puri says, to make us not feel confined with blue.