UBIQUITAS SERIES XV
BORONDO – UBIQUITAS SERIES XV
Acrylic on glass with iron support
60 x 180 cm, 2016
Gonzalo Borondo was born in Valladolid in 1989 and soon moved to Segovia, where he spent his childhood. In 2003 he settled in Madrid and began to experiment different artistic techniques in public spaces. The street became Borondo’s privileged place of expression, where he communicated and created a strong relationship between space and those who live it.
In 2005 he began to attend the workshop of the painter Jose Garcia Herranz, where he started exploring the possibilities of painting techniques and studied the old masters. In 2010 he was invited for the first time at a public art festival in Istanbul and started to work on large wall surfaces. Since then he has completed numerous public art projects around the world: urban installations and walls born from a dialogue between the environment and the physical spaces where he works. Since 2012 he has presented exhibition projects in galleries and museums all over Europe, including “Animal”, his personal exhibition in London in 2015, which consolidated the artist’s inclination and will to create a dialogue between different media and techniques.
“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.