Dec. 11, 2010 / Jan. 22, 2011

Isidro Blasco

Fúcares Gallery presents for the third time in its Madrid space an exhibition by Isidro Blasco (Madrid, 1962).

Having reviewed part of his former trajectory in the exhibitions held at Alcalá 31, in Madrid Autonomous Community, and at the Provincial Museum of Huesca, Isidro Blasco now presents a series of pieces exploring new lines of a work more focused on architecture than on photography.

In the first room a series of pieces feature in which the architecture prevails over the photography. Plaster and wood works propose some habitable spaces in which, using a single photograph of some corner of the house as the starting point, the rest of the room surrounding that image is intended to be completed. By applying the same method to the adjoining rooms, other spaces are successively added until the whole of the apartment is completed. These architectural works may suggest houses in miniature. There is a connection among the different “rooms”: transit is possible among them, the size of the different spaces is enough to be habitable… but many of them still lack a ceiling and other necessary elements so as they can be termed a “house”.

In the second room, Isidro Blasco works with ceramics and iron again – materials that he used at the beginning of his career. These works are abstractions of the forms obtained with the photographic images: they have turned into combinable volumes, and their array, organization and place are not utilitarian anymore.

The installation at the back room has two slide projectors showing images of a derelict and crumbling house. These projectors move, and in their motion some of the elements of the images, as they move forward, coincide with the architectural elements of the installation. As a metaphor, the image of that ruined and dispossessed architecture generates a new one through which it all might begin again.

In the last years, Isidro Blasco has presented solo exhibitions at galleries and museums in Lisbon, Madrid, New York, Sydney, Shanghai, Vienna and Zurich. In the USA, his works are represented in the collections of the MOMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Queens Museum of Contemporary Art in New York; the Chicago Institute of Contemporary Art; and the Margulies collection in Miami. Those in Spain include the Artium, in Vitoria, and the Madrid Autonomous Community’s Collection.