Opening on June, 22nd
Talking about Gina Cubele’s paintings is suddenly very easy. Beyond the contemplation of her artwork, her own words give us enough information to interpret the meaning behind her paintings.
At first sight they look like abstract paintings. They are very physical, and the artist seems to get inspiration in what seems to be almost a metaphysical study. Instead, if we pay close attention we’ll realize that they portray hyperrealistic landscapes from the perspective of our planet from space.
The artist says about this exhibition:
“Multiple concepts orbit around the Macro Micro Terra project. The terrestrial landscape and its vision from space are its central axis. In this sense, my work has taken the scientific and technological revolution of the 20th and 21st centuries as a reference, as well as the pictorial tradition of the landscape itself”.
Gina Cubeles presents a series of paintings meticulously crafted through a very slow creation process. She uses very diverse materials such as oil paint, wax, ashes, metal shavings, stone dust, pumice powder, quartz dust, marble dust, and a variety of sands, crucial for the creation of the stratification, erosion, liquidation, and thermic impact necessary to achieve the materialistic and physical qualities of her work.
What we see is very complex work, not only given the use of the materials but also for the process of creation itself. The interaction of all the elements that the artist uses in the making of her paintings - earth, water, air and water - results in a set of layers and textures that present the paternalistic qualities that ultimately make for a fascinating vision of a landscape we had never contemplated before.
It is precisely in this sense that we value the work of Gina Cubeles. A rigorous and yet necessary work. The landscape has been present from ancient times in the work of many artists, but no one has ever portrayed it like she does. The striking ambiguity that her paintings convey inevitability makes us think about the creation of our planet and its survival. And keep in mind that we are not talking about the necessary ecologist discussion, but the artist offers a deeper perception.
In the words of the artist herself:
“One of the things that we learn to see on the terrestrial landscape from space is that everything that happens within it, on its surface, on the atmosphere, is diverse, dynamic and is connected. Nature, life, work as a one structure”.