Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada has just shared his stunning new studio works with me. These small pieces were created as part of his “Fragments” series. This series features fragments of very old, multilayered wall paint surfaces. Each piece of wall is from a very special place in Navarra (north of Spain).
“I have perfected a process that allows me to remove old interior wall paint surfaces from abandoned buildings to use as my canvases. Each unique textured surface used in this body of work is at least 150 years old.
The significance of this work lies upon the importance given to the weathered and worn urban surfaces for their intrinsic value.
Whilst the surface of most walls touched by a restoration technique have some kind of tangible historic importance (frescos or murals). In URBAN ANALOGIES Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada is giving importance to these commonplace textures for the intangible memory that they possess and the passage of time that they portray.
Gerada details that “When I use these old wall surfaces, I’m actually using wall surfaces that are painted by generations of people that came before me. So all those layers are also layers in time and memory.”
“When I use these old wall surfaces, I’m actually using wall surfaces that are painted by generations of people that came before me. So all those layers are also layers in time and memory.”
On a personal level I think these small fragments and simply gorgeous. I think that they would be gorgeous if they were taken from brand new pieces of walls. However, hearing about the process and the history behind these walls really adds an extra dimension to the beauty of each fragment. HonestIy, I would have loved to have seen these in situ in the studio. Maybe next time!
All photos by Fer Alcala.
If you want to check out more works from Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada, you can do so here.