“Mi intención con esta obra era buscar que el espectador se encuentre en la necesidad de posicionase ante la obra. desde el exterior encontramos una serie de figuras encerradas en un cubo de cristal y que de algún modo aparentan observar curiosas lo que sucede afuera, digo aparentan porque la capacidad de visión de estas figuras se ve entorpecida por una neblina que las envuelve unida a unas manchas rojas que cubren sus rostros. A continuación encontramos una apertura en la parte central que nos invita a entrar, una vez dentro distinguimos con claridad a estos individuos representados, solo que en este caso la situación del espectador se invierte y este se encuentra en el interior del cubo observado por una treintena de figuras.”
Spanish street artist Gonzalo Borondo, who typically goes by his last name alone, paints expressionistic portraits on unusual surfaces. The street artist creates his work with the surrounding environment in mind, his paintings responding to the architecture on which they are rendered. Borondo’s solo show “Animal” opens at RexRomae Gallery in London on February 5 and features new paintings as well as installation and hand-painted animations. For the exhibition, Borondo said he investigated man’s tendency to control his environment so as to distract himself from his animalistic nature and, ultimately, his mortality.
Memento Mori comes from the need of Borondo to fix in a book what has been, in order to continue with what it will be: in this book the artist lets us discover himself in complete freedom and honesty, opening the doors of his archive and showing an unknown part of his work, which represents indeed the heart of all his artistic production: the research. Sketches, drafts, photographic references, all produced by the artist himself and collected during those last years. Photos taken all along his travels and on the roads he walked on, or by who walked by his side. All the volume tells us about Borondo’s creative process and artistic work, since the beginnings until 2014, also trough four essays by Edoardo Sassi, Simone Pallotta, Carmen Main and James Buxton. A book that is connected to the street, and to what the street has represented for this artist: the freedom and the opportunity to base his life on art, and to show it to all of us. The edition is produced and coedited by Chiara Caprasecca and Chiara Pietropaoli.
17x24cm Hard cover with silk-screen printing Paperback twist-stitching 284 pages 1000 copies