The exhibition Continuities discontinuous is formed by two series of works on paper, titled Roots and Discontinuous. Both series review the reflections of Jesus Galdón (Barcelona, 1967) on the idea of universal culture, and on the way in which the historical account has been constructed. From ancient times mankind has used fragments, ruins, documents, often scattered, to reconstruct the plot of history and find the roots that are essential to know, identify and therefore evolve. This concern about the discontinuity of continuity is not exclusive to these two series of drawings, but constitutes one of the central nucleus of the whole of his work.
The drawings in the Roots series reveal the importance of the origins of things, whether conscious or unconscious. Knowledge, like the roots of the plant world, cross each other to generate new ones. Everything that happens is connected, everything has an origin. Just as the branches of a tree are connected to the roots through the trunk, our hands or voice are connected to our interior or in our memory through the body. Roots are the place where all things originate, and at the same time they are connected to other roots, and so to infinity, but always establishing a circle of relationships, in an unequivocal reference to the idea of eternal return. Galdón refers to the roots of written and pictorial language through phylacteries forming a branch with written legends or representing the primary colors.
The Discontinua series refers to the foundations of knowledge, which can have two origins: genealogical and cultural. It takes as a motif two sculptural figures of classical Greece, the Moscôforo, and the Ornithe that represent masculine and feminine. In reality they represent a kind of Adam and Eve, an initial couple, primordial and anonymous parents, who are, at the same time, of all humanity. They also symbolize the idea of cultural transmission through a common root. As a counterpoint to and complement to these two figures, Galdón proposes another surprising figure: a toilet brush, elevated to the category of symbol; an instrument that allows us to collect the debris of history, in order to start building the cultural story.
The work of Jesús Galdón was recently seen in “History of art without names”, Arts Santa Monica (Barcelona, 2013), “Filacteria de infralengua”, installation based on the book by Carlos Hac Mor, Biblioteca de Cataluña , 2016), and “The shadows of time”, intervention in the Castle of Montjuic (Barcelona, 2015-2016). He is also the author of the plaque commemorating all victims of Nazism, commissioned by the Generalitat of Catalonia on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of the Matthausen concentration camp (2017).
The exhibition Jesús Galdón Continuities discontinuous, will be open until January 31, 2018. For more information, contact the gallery: firstname.lastname@example.org.+info