"Light beam. The street's poetic abstraction"
by Andrés García Mellado.
Start and end dates of the exhibition: 05/08/2015 - 06/14/2015
Artist: Andrés García Mellado.
Organizers: Casa Pintada Foundation (FCP)
Casa Pintada Foundation (Painted House Foundation) – Museum Cristóbal Gabarrón of Mula presents on Friday, May 8 at 8:00 pm the photography exhibition “Light beam. The street’s poetic abstraction” by Mula (Spain) artist Andrés García Mellado.
“Light beam” falls into street photography, where García Mellado flees the standards and surprises us with shots of everyday moments from which he extracts a poetic side. Sequences that he retains for a moment with his eyes to the open world of the street, with a very personal emotion, and where he takes every moment to play with the incidence of light, enhancing its beauty. On a first reading, it gives me a state of continuous excitement, to later analyze its codes, the harmony of street photography, the poetry of the fleeting memory of instant moments and anonymous people, which, together with the language of light, suggest an accumulation of feelings and images that take the “word” in the form of sound echoes from their light beams as the words quietly mark the absence from the shadows. All this gives a poetic sense to García Mellado’s work, when investigating aspects of everyday life in the city.
The evening light in diagonal, with shadows, moving figures with light, figures that go back and forth, entering a street, on a crosswalk, anonymous passersby, portraits of strangers; they emanate from them stories waiting to be told or imagined. García Mellado gives this series of 15 color images, displayed in Halls I and II, of a unique look, of compositions where he manipulates light and shadows, enhancing the silhouettes of pedestrians, full of drama, and where he knows how to emphasize the scenes of the city that he captures, with little photographic processing, works reminiscent of the film, works that evoke the magic and sensibility present in our artist, allowing the viewer to engage in direct dialogue with him. The exhibition also has an audiovisual installation in FCP’s Bodega (Cellar), tribute to Mula and its people, where streets and everyday moments of Mula people are shown to whom García Mellado gives a personal look of photographic lyricism.
In the “Light of Beam” project, there is a play between abstraction and representation expressed in figures crossed by light, with geometric patterns that give reliefs and textures of darkness to each sequence. He plays with lights and shadows to give his pictures a fictional appearance despite being real street scenes. Follower of American photographers such as Ray K. Metzker, master of darkness, or abstract expressionist Saul Leiter, as well as Harry Callahan at his best when turning his camera into his life, which García Mellado endorses and with a strong sense of line and form, of light and darkness.
Juan García Sandoval
Art critic and museologist