Filmmaker Pedro Almòdovar and painter Jorge Galindo have combined forces to manifest a stunning visual project that fuses photography with painting. The score of large and medium format paintings is currently on view at Andalusian Center of Photography (CAF) are the result of 5 months of long work sessions in Galindo's Toledo studio.
Both artists have known each other for many years. Almodóvar also has a Galindo work in his house in Madrid. "The fault of all this is his," explains the filmmaker. "He called me because he had seen my still life photographs in [the gallery in Madrid] Marlborough and he told me that he wanted to enlarge them so that we could transform them into painting. I have rudimentary knowledge about photography, but I did not know that from a small format image that quality could be reached in the enlargement. That part interested me. I went to see him, basically, to say no to the proposal to paint. When I arrived at the studio and saw all those canvases stretched out on the ground ready to receive the painting, Galindo's enthusiasm got me hooked and inspired."
A video of the artists in the studio shows both of them painting with their hands, arms and feet on the photographic base images. The filmmaker scatters jets of paint with his open hand, which he then goes over with his back in a gesture reminiscent of an energetic caress. Both choose the colours spontaneously. They attack the canvas and finish with the only guide of intuition. "We channeled the idea of Willem de Kooning, to whom the paint is enough.. you need a paint bottle, a brush and faith," says Galindo.
The subject matter of the photographic images Ramón Gómez de la Serna called 'peripherals' - the flowers that are born in the tracks of trains. Galindo adds "They are the wildest and the most beautiful, but they are condemned to die crushed." With that in mind, Galindo also created a series of paintings on stacked old posters (a material that features heavily in his current practice). 'The peripheral flowers, visible in medium-sized pieces, are painted on piles of those posters that you used to find on the outskirts of cities and that were used to announce boxing evenings, bullfights or elections. Now they do not look so much anymore, but for many years they flooded the walls and floors of many neighbourhoods and towns."
The stunning exhibition is on view until September 29th!