Acrylic on glass with iron support
60 x 180 cm, 2016

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Gonzalo Borondo was born in Valladolid (ES) in 1989. Since 2007, he has developed his works in public spaces, elaborating an original idiom of painting and installations closely tied to the sites of his efforts. His art arises from a dialogue with the surrounding context, an ongoing exchange with the memories of the site and the perceptions of its space, both physical and symbolic. The underlying aim of his artistic experimentation is to extend the possibilities of painting into other disciplines (theatre, video-art), supports (glass, straw, walls, ceramics, wood…), and multiple aesthetic techniques (stone engraving, silk-screening). Borondo explores the idioms of the past, recasting them in a contemporary light through a new and innovative approach to tradition.  His contemplation of the sacred, of the conflicts inherent in the pairing of man and nature, serves as the cornerstone of his poetics, which he uses to break these elements down, in the course of the creative act, into their most ancestral, instinctive forms, bringing forth a perpetual essence. The artist’s interest in working in public places, in exploring the relationship between art and life, has led him to develop site-specific projects in non-conventional settings, works whose impact on the general public, as both installations and experiences, has been intense. Borondo creates public works of art on an international level. Since 2012 he has held one-man shows in museums, galleries, and other venues in Italy, Spain, France, and England. His latest projects include “Insurrecta” (Segovia, ES, 2020), “Merci” (Temple des Chartrones, Bordeaux, FR, 2019), “Sacrilége” (an opera recital at the Toursky Theatre, Bordeaux, FR, 2018), “Matiére Noire” (the flea market in Marseilles, FR, 2017), “Non-Plus Ultra” (MACRO – Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, IT, 2018) and “Cenere” (the cemetery chapel, Selci, IT, 2017).

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“Ubiquitas” is an installation composed by 15 Visarm
shatterproof glass panels, each single panels is made with the “scratch on glass” technique – with which the artist intervenes in the public space since 2011 – which consist in creating a layer of acrylic paint that is then “scratched away” with different tools (chisels of different sizes or pointed objects of daily use) thus bringing out the work.

The desire of the artist is to animate the painting and to float the delicate figure of a woman declined on the panels. The slabs can be arranged in the space that receives them with site specific interventions that create movements and dialogues that are always different.

The transparency of the glass allows you to play with light, natural or artificial, and with overlays to create dynamism and movement. The images present the installation “Ubiquitas” in three different places: in the internal and external spaces of Ex Dogana (RM) and in Chiostro of Palazzo Gambalunga (RN).

The work was exhibited at the group exhibition “Paradiso Inclinato” curated by Luca Tomio in 2016 and in the group exhibition “Il disegno e il Polvere” curated by Eleonora Frattarola at the Rimini Design Biennial.