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 JAIME DE CÓRDOBA

24/11/2020 - 13/12/2020

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Jaime de Córdoba comes from a dynasty of sculptors. Both his great-grandfather and his grandfather, like him, left us a testimony of their time and their pieces help us value even more our wonderful world. He is, as he defines himself, heir to Western Culture.

 

In this sense we could say that Jaime is not exactly a transgressive artist: his work does not voluntarily break with anything. Quite the contrary, his work is the result of a rigorous observation of nature and the human being. As a sculptor he adds, mixes, redefines the heritage of thousands of years and years of culture, from the remains of Ibero art, through the Romanesque, the Renaissance artists, to the present day.

 

The works that we can see in this exhibition define themselves: they do not need justifications or too many theories to support them.

Each piece is in itself a declaration of principles. Made with a firm hand, they allow us to appreciate the trace of the tools with which Jaime has sculpted them. In each work, the artist invites us to appreciate the epidermis of his pieces and reveals the hours of hard work that go into each one of them.

Jaime de Córdoba Benedicto was born in a home where the sculptor Manel Benedicto, the artist's maternal grandfather, shone with his own light. Being raised in that kind of household instilled in him a nineteenth-century culture, but also a sense of taste and an immense love for detail, for a good finish, for excellence in short. An atmosphere, a legacy that would become the "original beach" where the various influences of the artists that have marked him would beat and permeate, in successive waves. Because De Córdoba, not a gregarious person, is a man of teachers, of reference figures. He is not a man of aesthetic playpens, movements or isms.

 

The result of this training is a work in which the artist seems to have solved a seemingly insoluble contradiction: Can one create resounding, forceful forms, of an almost material or physical quality, but at the same time ethereal, volatile, as if in any moment were they about to rise and lose themselves in the void? Yes, they can be created. He has worked the miracle. That elevation, that point where one is about to float, are, he assures us, a celebration of life, of enjoyment, in order to ward off the dead weight of pessimism of the European culture. And all of this through a figuration that is not a slavish reproduction of reality. Because De Córdoba does not copy: he contemplates, absorbs and elaborates internally, to later re-create. And he recreates with the aim of formalizing (giving shape) to his own subjectivity. Not out of a mere egotistical desire; but because he is firmly convinced that what a man feels is felt by all men. That the individual is a symbol and reflection of all Humanity.



 

Luis Caldeiro.

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