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David Rodríguez Caballero “Sculptures and drawings”

David Rodríguez Caballero, one of the main representatives of Spanish contemporary sculpture, opens his first solo show in London. It will be open from 15 February to 12 April at WE COLLECT in the British capital.

Composed of fifteen works in aluminium, brass and copper, in large and small formats, as well as a selection of original drawings on paper never before exhibited, the first exhibition by David Rodríguez Caballero (Pamplona, 1970) in London, Sculptures and drawings, will present the British public with a journey through his most recent work, in which the artist delves deeper into the concept of the fold, which jumps from paper to sculpture and from drawing to metal. The exhibition also coincides in parallel with his fourth solo exhibition at the Marlborough New York gallery.

As part of the tradition of geometric abstraction, the work of David Rodríguez Caballero has in recent years incorporated some figurative elements through African iconography, the mask or the urban landscape, taking these references to abstraction, but starting from an inspiration in figurative elements. Light is a key element in his work: “I realised how important light was without knowing it, when I started with origami folding paper and painting with tones –explains the artist–. Depending on how many folds there are, chances will be more or less. For me, light is matter, not a spotlight that illuminates, it mixes with the material through the process of erosion and inclination of the planes. Similarly, shadow is part of light, the non-light. Through the curves and the folds, a tone is generated in my works, where the shaded parts can reach a black, an empty negative through the tone”.

According to Manuel Fontán del Junco, Director of Museums and Exhibitions of the Juan March Foundation and curator of the great retrospective exhibition David Rodríguez Caballero. El pliegue según el pliegue (The fold according to the fold) (2018) at the Esteban Vicente Museum in Segovia, “The folding of paper has benefited and still enjoys a certain artisan, artistic and pedagogical tradition, whose most obvious references are perhaps the works of Johannes Itten or Josef Albers with the students of Bauhaus, papyroflexia and the Japanese tradition of Origami. The concept of folding has always been present in the history of art, especially since the analysis of the baroque by authors such as Wölfflin or d’Ors or Deleuze. And it is not difficult to relate two moments apparently as disparate as the Baroque era and contemporary culture, because both have in common precisely the continuous fold, tendentially infinite, between the real and the imaginary: if ‘the fold is the central action of Baroque culture’ (Gilles Deleuze), a kind of omnipresent digital and media fold is the central action of contemporary culture, which is produced in an eminently Baroque way in forms, gestures and contents”.

The work of David Rodríguez Caballero (Pamplona, 1970) has been exhibited in galleries, museums and public institutions around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in Moscow (Russia), the Würth Museum in La Rioja, the Museum of Navarre, the Oteiza Foundation Museum and other institutions in Europe and the United States. In 2012, Marlborough Gallery New York organised its first solo exhibition in Manhattan, Recent Works, at its Chelsea headquarters, which was a critical and public success. His latest solo exhibitions include Alchemy in Motion (2019), in Marlborough, New York; El pliegue según el folegue (2018), at the Esteban Vicente Museum, Segovia; Poetic Abstractions (2017), Marlborough Gallery, Madrid; and Danser La Sculpture (2016), at Espace Meyer Zafra, Paris.

He has been awarded, among others, the First International Prize of Engraving of Bodegas Dinastía Vivanco (La Rioja, 2008), First Prize of the IX Exhibition of Collection of art Unión Fenosa of the Museum of Contemporary Art Unión Fenosa (A Coruña, 2006), First Prize of Plastic Arts of the Government of Valencia (Valencia, 2004), First Prize of Painting of Volksbank Paderborn (Paderborn, 1996) and First Prize of Pamplona Young Artists of the Government of Pamplona (Pamplona, 1995).

He has participated in several art fairs, such as Art Basel Miami Beach, KIAF Seoul, MACO Mexico, TEFAF Maastricht, Art Rio de Janeiro, ARCO Madrid or Armory Show New York, and his work is part of numerous international collections, such as Coca-Cola Foundation (Madrid), Würth Museum (La Rioja), Wine Culture Museum Vivanco Dynasty (La Rioja), Museum of Contemporary Art Union Fenosa, MACUF (A Coruña), Patio Herreriano Museum (Valladolid), Visual Smell Collection (Barcelona), Repsol Collection (Madrid), National Library (Madrid), Pamplona City Council (Pamplona), Palacio de los Papas (Viterbo), Volksbang Foundation (Paderborn), Museum of Navarra (Pamplona), National Statistics Institute (Madrid) and the ISE Cultural Foundation (New York/Tokyo).


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