Javier Romero

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What is my work about?

When eight years ago the economical and social crisis struck my country of origin, Spain, my work began to focus on merging issues like architecture and landscape, part of the cause and effect of the situation. Working largely on paper my increased interest in abstraction became a vehicle for those subjects. Abstraction allowed the work to go beyond the story itself. Through these works I have been exploring the territory between the mediums of drawing, collage and photography, using modest materials such as graphite and found images, working on concepts that still today are contemporary: light, space and color.

 

Artist Statement

My work shows the influence of my architectural background and my interest in formal landscaping as artificial nature. Formally, the works are in between abstraction and geometry with minimal punctuations of representational elements. Working largely on paper, these works also explore the territory between different mediums; drawing, collage and photography, using modest materials such as graphite and found images. In the last few years I have been increasingly interested in subjects related to architecture and landscape (as artificial nature), along with their social implications, while still seeking a form of abstraction, aside these issues, and exploring visual and technical aspects related to materials and mediums.

I always work on overlapping and connected series which are an exploration of all these ideas through hybrid mediums, like drawing or collage, and using modest material to continue investigating esthetics aspects that have been in my practice since the beginning, thus the contrast of light and dark in drawing between solid blacks and empty white paper. And color in intense punctuation of solid color or colorful collage. And gesture found in the marks and action of drawing.

A recent body of work is the Sticks and Stones (portfolio images 1 to 12). These works, from 2014 and 2015, are cut and collaged graphite on paper. Light is an important subject of these works: the graphite on the paper traps the light creating reflective dark silver and luminous surfaces, but the whole surface can also become totally black and matte based on the position of the viewer, creating bold and more graphic abstract images that seem to be carved out of negative space These works operate as spaces where the boundaries between planes and lines lose definition. In these works graphite has become the very essential tool. This is not only an investigation about the qualities of the graphite, but also about two opposite concepts: density and lightness. The heavy density of the graphite cut outs demarcate areas that function as a second layer for more delicate and atmospheric gestures of drawings. Sometimes, accidental ones, others structured planed ones.

A second series of works belongs to the Garden Floor Plans, from 2013 (portfolio 13 to 16). In between abstraction and geometry, theses works on paper combine graphite, colored pencil, pastels and collage in an investigation of the limits of a more abstract and schematic process versus a more narrative one. They are works on paper and tracing/drafting film paper creating overlapped layers, combining graphite and colored pencil drawings with cut outs from old magazines from the sixties and seventies, in which the color of the pictures has faded adding a settle and melancholic feeling of the pass of time and loss. These are hybrid works in a territory between drawing and collage. Landscape and gardens punctuations coexist with lines and gestures more architectural. These collages become a tool for drawing too, adding color on the surface of the paper in contrast with the more stark gestures of the graphite.

A third series of collages is the Roofs from 2011 (portfolio images 17 to 20). These pieces merge the schematic and unique architectural plans of the Spanish architect Francisco Fajardo (1895-1953) with appropriated photographic images of European gardens. This architect was the first one to design a Garden City in Spain in the twenties, a very avant-garde project at that time following the progressive social democratic ideology that would lead to the establishment of the Spanish Republic a few years later. Fajardo’s work becomes a minimalist geometric diagram of sorts for collages far from previous more conservative formulas. Today much of his projects and buildings have disappeared due to the aggressive overdevelopment that Spain has suffered in the last thirty years, which is the basis of the social and economic crisis that has devastated the country in recent years.

My website: www.javierromero.com

 

 

EDUCATION

2004 M.A. Directorship and Cultural Management, University of Elx., Spain

2000 M.A. Museology and Museum Studies, Complutense University , Madrid, Spain

1986 B.A. History of Art, University of Alicante, Spain

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2013
Codigo compartido, Instituto de Cultura Juan Gil-Albert, Arte Casa Bardin, Alicante.

 

2009
Javier Romero: New Works, Galeria Evelyn Botella, Madrid.

 

2007
Crepusculo, PhotoEspaña07, Madrid.

 

2005
Cipariso, Galeria Aele-Evelyn Botella, Madrid.

 

2003
Fuego helado, Galeria Aural, Alicante.
La voz de mi silencio, Center of Exhibitions Ciutat d’Elx, Elche.

1997
Javier Romero. Galeria Tomás March, Valencia.

1996
Espinas y Lagrimas. Sala Aifos de Exposiciones, Alicante.

1995
Oda con un lamento. Galeria Rosa Hernández, Alicante.
Hinc Illae Lacrimae. Sala de Exposiciones Casa de Cultura, Elda

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2014
Art in Embassies, Madrid Embassy, Department of State

2013
Memoria Fotografica, Galeria Evelyn Botella, Madrid

2012
Imaginación y Deseo, Sala Exposiciones at University of Elx.

2010
Luces y Sombras, Galeria Evely Botella, Madrid

2009
Landscapes, Museo Arte Contemporaneo Elche.
Colección del MUA, Museo Universidad Alicante.

2008
PhotoEspaña, Madrid.

2005
Trente anes apres, Galería Aele-Evelyn Botella, Madrid.

2004
Fotografía contemporánea, Galería Aural, Alicante.
Colectiva. Pequeño formato. Galería José Esquirol, Altea.
ArteEduca. Sala Exposiciones Club Diario Información, Alicante.
Figuraciones nuestras. Sala Exposiciones Jardín de la Música, Elda.

2002
Galería Aural, Alicante.
Atípica. Sala Edgar Neville, Alfafar, Valencia.

1999
Atípica. Sala Edgar Neville, Alfafar, Valencia.
Convocatoria de Artes Plásticas 1997, Diputación de Alicante. Obra adquirida.
XIV Premi Nacional de Pintura, Teulada.
V Premio Ciudad de Tudela de Pintura. Tudela.
Colectiva. Galería Racó DÁrt, Benissa.

 

RESIDENCIES/FELLOWSHIPS
2013 MacDowell Colony Residency

2011 Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Fellowship

 

PUBLICATIONS
Javier Romero: Codigo compartido. Diputacion Princial de Alicante, 2013

Javier Romero: La voz de mi silencio. Ayuntamiento de Elche, Spain, 2005

Javier Romero: Como fuego helado. Galeria Aural Alicante, 2004

Javier Romero: Espinas y lagrimas. Sala de Exposiciones de la Univeridad de Alicante,1997

Javier Romero: Hinc Illae Lacrimae. Casa de la Cultura de Elda. 1996

 

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