XCities are not built in a day. They grow, they shrink, they suffer setbacks, wars, plagues, and earthquakes. They also have periods of good fortune and prosperity.
Cities age, they change the appearance of their neighbourhoods and people, they drift along, and also expand. Manuel Garces Blancart creates cities on huge sprawling surfaces. Layers and layers of paint are painted on top of each other just as if they were marking the passing of generations. After several months or years, a city emerges in the continuous state of transformation. This is his work.
Rafael Pérez Hernando, January 2011
“The city is like a ship in the middle of the storm, a place to watch the random situations in life and the unpredictable circumstances of our existence. The strength that protects us from the waves of the irrational and acts as a shield against the breath of untamed nature. The title of this exhibition and the ideas presented here are inspired by a lecture given by Jose Maria Gonzalez Garcia*.”
Manuel Garcés Blancart, January 2011.
“This work is a homage to my father, a man who taught me how best to walk through life. His love, his generosity, his joy and vitality are the best fuel for my work.” M.G.B.
* A boat in the storms of fortune. From classical Greece to Baroque. Juan March Foundation.