Lidó Rico – Spanish Expressive artist
This October, Fundacion Antonio Perez mounts two simultaneous one-man exhibitions of unseen and recent works by Spanish Expressive artist Lidó Rico entitled Nautas y Privados (Private Notes) at Museo de Obra Gráfica de San Clemente and Tormentos (Torments) at Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, both in the city of Cuenca, Spain.
Nautas y Privados (Private Notes) focuses more on the unseen “painterly” view of the Murcia sculptor’s artistic production. Over the years the artist has made several series of drawings, collages and other pieces with human references that appear suspended on different surfaces parallel to sculpture.
The exhibition arranged in chronological order begins in the year 1991 with a series of 18 large-format drawings where characters arise literally and eraser marks presents a stigma that the artist gets from rubbing resulting these works that offer the viewer moments of anxiety and inhibition that remain suspended and frozen in vast universes of weightless white, where travelers emerge to damage the surface.
The series entitled “Dumping ” 1996 consists of 16 collages on paper featuring different images coexisting with surgical burns structured in different resins resulting in encounters that are fortuitous. Three pieces entitled “99 Shots” 2012 are tiny silhouettes of stunned people fleeing to escape are encapsulated in resin.
“Ruins” and “Megaman et homme volant ” 2013 are the most recent series both share the use of glass spheres , characteristic element that appears embedded in sculpture and this time appearing on different media . The artist once again plays with distances, challenging the viewer to contemplate the work from different planes. The farthest view offers a blissful perception that the plane disintegrated because the closer the viewer gets, a desolate landscape unfolds a prelude to devastation and loss.
On the other hand, Tormentos (Torments) at Centro de Arte Contemporaneo presents Lidó Rico’s a persistent and violent battle with his body. Since the early nineties the Murcia artist uses his own body as a model for the development of his pieces, diving and immerses parts of his anatomy in plaster until desired molds after polyester resin translates. It is a difficult and full of protocols that the he has to comply with complete discipline, to preserve something as valuable as his life.
In the words of the sculptor, man is soft and everything is outdated and uncontrollable, his answer is to seize the catalyzing moment. Their continuous unfolding invites the viewer to reflect on another concept that shares in his speech: “a man like all other men has the same packaging but different contents, doubling himself played us all. The body is a prison with an emergency exit only; the repetition is built as a continuous awareness. The route the artist poses in this show is an alternating space and statement about his most recent coexistence with others.
The work entitled “Mute”, 2013, is an endless sequence of his own face with a twisted mouth which disappear in zippers; slaves of silence who waits for freedom. In “Tangents “a string of skulls are arranged in two circles, each of which carries a personal history that we learned to examine ourselves.
In the series “Flags” little skulls are arranged in sequences that are installed as an inexhaustible knockers. Tiny skulls engulf books, flat road, bibles, human hair and newspaper pages in dwarf containers in theme flags mode whose mast is the tormented character and intercedes in the narrative , offering answers from the tattoos that ooze from his skin.
“Mono cabins” is the title of another piece that speaks of isolation and despair. Despite living in an informed society that is globalized than ever, people still suffer from dramatic isolation. Two characters confined offer us clues to understand their plight.
“Pinchalíneas ” demonstrates the importance and obsession that motivated Lidó Rico to the object. In this case, an old needle can be a trigger for the plot and manages to become a theme of the work. “Torment” is the title of a series of torsos who complete this course , self-color dotting the walls and stored inside a multitude of memories, as in ” Sinfonie “, where the artist’s face is invaded and perforated by tiny drawers exhumed to reveal secrets.
Lidó Rico inhabits these spaces, separating one anatomy that magnetizes the walls. No escape leads to a slippery slope and transports us to a parallel reality where there are no certainties but questions that are more than answers.
Nautas y Privados (Private Notes) at Museo de Obra Gráfica de San Clemente, Cuenca, Spain is from 5 October to 24 November 2013
Tormentos (Torments) at Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Cuenca, Spain is from 4 October to 24 November 2013
Lido Rico (b.1968 Yecla, Murcia) studied fine arts at San Carlos Polytechnic University of Valencia and graduated in 1991 at the École Superiere du Beaux Arts du Paris. Since1989 his award winning works has been cited from Spain to Columbia, Hungary to Egypt and has exhibited in Spain, Italy, Japan and the USA. His work is exhibited at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, various institutions like the Spanish Bank Madrid Collection and in public and private collections.
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