Start: February 14, 2020
End: February 22, 2020
On Friday 14 of February at the 20 hours Espai sant Marc will present works of the artist A.J.Ballester, focused on the graphic art, black and white, with clear influencies of the engraver Frans Masereel. A.J.Ballester always do his works at series, is a way that facilitates him that his work was coherent. These series always are the result of an intention, of something that really motivates him and that needs to express of a conclusive way. The titles of the last series at what A.J.Ballester has worked and works now give an idea about where is going his tematiques: “Depeculator Aerari”, “Relats de poder”, “El somni de l’amor produeix monstres”, “Un món feliç”. This last title could be for all them. Those works talks us always about a moral decomposition. With this title that recalls the famed novela of Aldous Huxley presents us a work that does a research at the darkest part of the human beings. Regarding the technics, one will see drawings of charcoal or ink and xylography. The xylography merit a comment aside for his expressive immediacy. The treatment of the dark and the clarity, with the half keys limited. The famed sentence of “less is more” becomes evident. The black and white abyss that always surprises in the printed result.
A.J.Ballester, Antoni Jesus Ballester Forteza, was born in Palma on 1955 and resides and works at Manacor. He is a long experienced painter, and he teaches at the school workshop Sa Factoria d’Arts Plàstiques of Manacor. Degree at the Escola d’Arts i Oficis and at EMAV Escola de mitjans audiovisuals of Barcelona. Since 1980 he has participated at 20 solo exhibitions and about 37 group exhibitions. The last group exhibitions: Projecte Claustre 2019, Manacor Town Hall; Projecte 99: de la idea al paper 2019, UIB Universitat de les Illes Balears; Temporae, 2018 Brescia, exhibition tour for several Italian cities. About solo shows: Centre Melis Cursach, L’etern present 2016, Capdepera; Ca’n Dinsky Gallery, Depeculator Aerari 2015, Son Servera; Chymicum 2008, SACMA art space, Manacor; Javier Galstalver Gallery 1991, Palma; Dibuixos Gallery 1980, Palma, all them in Mallorca.
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