Plastic reasons of space
Levante, 16th March 2007 – Christian Parra Duhalde
A perspective for the senses and the mind, the exhibition by Manuel Gamonal (born in Albacete in 1968) in the space in the Giner passageway is a complete experience which refers to versatility with respect to his abstract practice; yet it is also focused inasmuch as it is a research specialization.
Mixed techniques and paintings, paper and canvas, give shape to a repertoire directed towards structural drawing and the exaltation of emptiness; an order of lines which talk about the ideas of construction and composition ―either rising as repeated bars which suggest something organic or giving rise to a virtual square shape in a right angle or drawn with a calculated freedom of circularities, turns and rings which can be interpreted as corpuscular entities of an ambiguous vital condition—, this work does not stray from a schematism, minimally gestural through juxtaposition, interested in contextual emptiness, from which the title of the exhibition Cleaning can be understood.
Mentioned apart, and as a consequence of his extreme fascination for superposition, in the inner space of the premises, Gamonal presents around twenty small pieces of work on paper (the size of the work previously described is medium and large), in which drawing and collage take precedent and give rise to pieces with an individual personality and a self-referential conceptualization.
Here, photographs and printed snippets appear to characterize semantically generous pieces which can be interpreted as portraits of the existential microcosmos of the author, the variety of which has been submitted to the systematic organization of lines.
In short, it is an enlightening exhibition by an artist who is not lavish with his exhibitions, but, considering his work, he is lavish with colour, drawing and a particular conception of space.