Cubist Photography by Pep Ventosa
WHY I LIKE HIS WORK...
For me, these photographs resemble Cubist Photography more than anything else. Similarly to Cubism paintings, Pep is masterfully slicing the planes in front of him. But what he is able to achieve is not just slicing in space, but in time as well.
In original Cubism, the great masters could only decompose what is in front of them "in space", i.e. paint their subject from different angles. Pep goes a step further. He takes photographs at different times, and thus you see, for example, the Bay Bridge not only from different angles but at different times of the day.
And that is honestly a bit mind-boggling.
Our mind is strangely not opposed to his interpretation of reality. First, we just "read his images", and then a little later, a red flag is raised in our brain, "something is not right here". Only upon closer examination do we see what the magician has done. This is why I would call his art Cubist Photography, time-space Cubism Photography.
Recognized in the International Photography Awards, these images were each created using dozens to several hundred separate photographs. Originally shot in fragments, the puzzle pieces were then reconstructed one by one and reworked to create a unique narrative space that never actually happened, where the whole travels mysteriously further than what the camera documented. Part memory, part imagination, not unlike the way we see.
Art's Magnetic Field
The Human spirit has always responded to the call of art. From cave paintings to the haloed masterpieces in our museums, art has long enchanted and elevated human experience. We stand collectively in a sort of suspended moment - contemplating the magic - and one can't help but sense that the art is looking back at us.
Trees, in the round
In this series, which received Honorable Mention in the London International Creative Competition, multiple shots of each tree were taken while walking in a circle around it, then blended together and reworked to discover what became of the orbit - the tree and its environment in the round
How we Met...
Pep is part of the Hunters Point Shipyard Art collective in San Francisco, California. I met him at the Open Studios in the Spring of 2018. And couldn't get his images out of my head. Things got words when I volunteered in the de Young Museum a year later and saw first hand David Hockey's Four Seasons. I was mesmerized by Hockney's vision, yet I also remembered Pep and just had to add his art to the gallery and show his art to more people.
In HIS Own Words...
I like to explore the space between painting and photography, using photographs as raw material, like paint, to create new imagery. I believe photography is not only a tool to document things but also one that’s part of the rich history of picture making. I’m particularly interested in taking familiar subjects and finding ways to present them in a new light. With a musical background—a drummer for 25 years—I tend to look for the rhythm and harmony in my works, and a sense of the vibration of multiple images at play.
Pep VENTOSA'S Select Honors:
- People's Choice Award, Prix de la Photographie, Paris
- 1st Prize, Photography, Sausalito Art Festival
- Honorable Mention, International Color Awards
- Silver Award, Prix de la Photographie, Paris
- Editor's Pick, LensCulture
- Grand Prize, American Icon Competition
- Honorable Mention, London International Creative Competition
- 3rd Place Winner, Prix de la Photographie, Paris
- Honorable Mention, International Photography Awards
- 3rd Prize, XVII Firart Penedes, Vilafranca del Penedes, Spain
Select Past Exhibitions:
- Lumas Galleries, Germany, Paris, Milan, Budapest, Toronto, Singapore, Melbourne, Vienna
- Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California
- Palma Dotze Galeria d'Art, Vilafranca del Penedes, Spain
- ARCO - International Contemporary Art Show, Madrid
- DFOTO - Contemporary Photography Show, San Sebastian, Spain
- Fotojatka, Czech Republic
- ARTissima (Torino, Italy)
- Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, Sacramento, CA
- Space 743 Gallery, San Francisco
- Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
- Viridian Artists Gallery, NYC
- Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Harvard Square, Massachusetts
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Ft. Collins, Colorado
- ProArts Gallery, Oakland
- Studio Gallery, San Francisco
- Village Theatre Art Gallery, Danville, CA
- Arc Gallery, San Francisco
- Bay Area Currents / Photo Alliance, Smith Anderson North Gallery, San Anselmo, California
- America 24/7 Exhibition, New York City
- Kelly Street Gallery, Half Moon Bay, California
- Sala dels Trinitaris, Vilafranca del Penedes , Spain
Superfine Art Fair, SF 2020San Francisco, here we come January 31, 2020Art House SF is super excited to exhibit at the debut Superfine Art Fair in SF on Feb 27th-Mar 1st.
Art San Diego 2019Out first major Art Show October 15, 2019Well, a lot of firsts for us lately. But this one was the real test. Art San Diego is an annual contemporary art show in...
KSP Music FestivalOn the road... again October 8, 2019Taking art on the road. KSP Music festival for the unsuspecting festival goers :)
Red Marines Music festivalLets get this show on the road... September 21, 2019Psychedelic outdoor music festival, Red Marines and Art House SF art booth with the works by Lobsang Durney, Albena Vatcheva, Pep Ventosa and George Abramidze. See more at www.arthousesf.com
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