LANJARÓN, LANDSCAPE AND PEOPLE 1991-2021 Fernando Poyatos

LANJARÓN, THE SCULPTED MOUNTAIN

WHEN I WAS STUDYING FINE ART IN GRANADA, WE CARRIED OUT EXERCISES IN DRAWING, PAINTING AND PHOTOGRAPHY. I WAS LUCKY TO HAVE A DIRECT RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ALPUJARRA AND ESPECIALLY WITH LANJARÓN. A PLACE IN THE WORLD THAT OFFERED ME AVAST FIELD OF CREATIVE POSSIBILITIES. I COULD INTUIT THE VESTIGES OF A REMOTE PAST, ASUBTLE POETIC SENSE WAS VISIBLE IN LIFE. THESE IDEAS ARE REFLECTED IN DRAWINGS, INKS, WATERCOLORS, PICTURES AND PHOTOGRAPHS THAT HAVE ACCUMULATED IN MY STUDIO OVER THE YEARS, DISPERSED LITTLE BY LITTLE AND NOW ON THIS DAY GATHERED HERE INTHE LIGHT.

“WHEN THE LANDSCAPE HAS BEEN WALKED THROUGH, IT HAS BEEN LIVED AND IT HAS BEEN FELT. THIS INTERNALISATION BRINGS YOU CLOSER TO ITS PAINTINGS

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THIS EXHIBITION SHOWS A SERIES OF LANDSCAPE WORKS MADE MOSTLY IN THE LAST 10 YEARS. THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN EXHIBITED BEFORE. THIS SET OF DRAWINGS, WATERCOLORS AND OILS WERE MADE OR BEGUN IN THE OPEN AIR. THESE ARE THE FRUIT OF THE SPRING OF 2012 AND 2013 WHEN I ORGANIZED A LANDSCAPE PAINTING COURSE. I ENJOYED THE EXPERIENCE A LOT. THE PLACES WERE CHOSEN FOR SEVERAL REASONS. THE LANDSCAPE IS FROM THE TOP TO THE BOTTOM, FROM THE BOTTOM TO THE TOP AND SOMETIMES FRONT, LANJARÓN IS LOCATED ON A MOUNTAIN SCULPTED BY TIME, THROUGH THE HISTORY OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE PASSED THROUGH IT. THE SHAPE OF ITS TERRACES, ACEQUIAS AND ROADS THESE ARE A LIVING SCULPTURE, THE NATURAL EROSION HAS MODELLED A STEEP MAGICAL VALLEY OVER A VAST AMOUNT OF TIME.

THIS PROJECT WAS NEVER CONCEIVED FROM THE BEGINNING. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN TOO PRETENTIOUS TO THINK ABOUT SOMETHING THAT WOULD LAST 30 YEARS. THIS EXHIBITION IS THE FIRST I HAVE DISPLAYED ON THE SUBJECT OF LANJARÓN AND I HOPE IN THE NEAR FUTURE I CAN CONTINUE TO SHOW MORE WORK AS A RESULT OF THIS EXPERIENCE. “CHIFLE” (1995), IS THE TITLE OF THE BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT THAT INVITES AND INTRODUCES YOU IN SOME WAY TO THE EXHIBITION WHICH LEADS TO THE LANDSCAPE OF LANJARÓN AND IN WHICH I HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN ONE DAY SOON, FINALLY WITHOUT MASKS.

THIS EXHIBITION IS DEDICATED TO MIGUEL ÁNGEL SOSA DE LA HIGUERA, WRITER, FRIEND AND
POET, LOVER OF THIS LAND, WHO ONE DAY IN JULY ALSO TOOK FLIGHT.

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