«Uriarte, in his eagerness to keep dreaming, get calm on brushes that supports color firm musculature, entering a dimension full of vibrant, patterned, rhythmic forms.
Sample of Juan Carlos Uriarte, one of the attractions of the Edition number twenty-six of the Spanish Music Festival, was presented yesterday afternoon in the lobby of the Auditorium Angel Barja, adjacent to the professional Conservatory of music, entitled sound relief.
Uriarte has been, historically, a great lover of music. First as a member of the training neo-folk Barrio Húmedo, that was one of the first groups of Leon who managed to make several recordings there by the beginning of the Decade of the seventies of the last century. Then would come a gradual approach to classical music, which at this moment not do without. «Seems to me impossible – says the artist – put me to paint or to create a sculpture if I don’t have the backdrop of classical music “. The painter has made several exhibitions based on the music and their instruments in the cloister of the Cathedral, in the León auditorium or in the courtyard of Provincial Government.
Tribute to Angel Barja
In the lobby of the Conservatoire, where this event takes place the viewer encounters a huge mural that makes already some years Uriarte performed as a tribute to Angel Barja. Bethlehem Ordonez still speaks of the works in the exhibition: «symbologies that fill the sound relief scene, and as if it were a temple, run pleasant sensations with the yearning of the unknown. Silence weaves a cloak of consonants, neat and sensitive melodies”.
In the sample are collected works of different periods, different series, highlighting a large triptych in blue of three meters by one in which Uriarte tries to reflect the mysterious beauty of the Rhapsody in Blue, a musical composition by George Gershwin. «Yes, it is one of my latest works and is exposed on the ground, as if it were a true reflection of the sea. On the other hand I tried to make a compilation of the series in which I have been painting in recent times, although there are a dozen of new creative works. Also I wanted to make a reminder of the music in the film, with pictures dedicated to Federico Fellini or El bosque animado film».
Juan Carlos Uriarte remains faithful to its principles; in his paintings, there is a clear predominance of ocher colors, framed in black planes and a wise employment of the masses, the pictorial texture. «My training, my first steps in art, when just he had fifteen years – explains-, did them with two great masters, Manuel Jular and Enrique Estrada. They channelled my career and there are things that cannot be left to one side, that they come back without that one didn’t even realize. What I have never tried is to be a purist painter, I am faced with the canvas with absolute freedom, without any condition. I think that this way of understanding the painting allows me, as in music, a work full of variations, vibrations and variants”.
Communication by the beauty, the excitement what of musical instruments to the flat universe of picture, rhythm, Cadence, shapes that dance in space… the music is made pictorial works that Uriarte presents in these sound reliefs.
Image courtesy of Fifth World Art