Fernando Villena

 

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Statement

 

The development of my artistic process has always been linked to my being and creating in the moment.

Throughout my life, I have lived alternatively in the city and in the countryside; those experiences have profoundly shaped my creative process. By way of contrasting and complementing between these two disparate influences through my art, I share the fruits of my searching and experimentation.

Experiencing nature and its interrelationship with the human being is my starting point, and yet a visual re-creation is not sought but a synthesis of these organic primary shapes, still present in the nature is my goal.I push to bring these shapes back to our present architectural and technological environment.

My work is based on the search and comprehension of different spatial organic planes pulled from daily realities into its ultimate transformation into a pictorial abstract and photographic reality, which agglutinates its essence.

Using computer manipulated photographic images the canvas becomes a meeting place for these different planes of pictorial reality.

I use the camera to pull / draw in and out of focus elements of the environment to: turn figures into objects that lack individual importance, to change the background landscape to become the main protagonist in the
frontal plane and to ultimately change it´s meaning. Objects of great size become tiny, and microscopic spaces will be increased as if we were observing them through a great lens.

A large part of the work arises from the photographs I’ve taken in Arizona, California, New York, Puerto Rico, Utah, France, Norway, and Spain. These are studies of the light I observed on the present bodies within their space and moving through them, while on the rest, I used the computer to manipulate the photos in order to obtain my intended results.

Definitely it is my questioning of current reality, and my quest for an alternative definition of reality, both pictorially, photographic, abstract and organic, and through the de-contextualization of our present reality that defines my artwork.