"Dos en el Bronx". 1993. Oil on photographic emulsion on canvas. 250 x 200 cm.

"Dos en el Bronx". 1993. Oil on photographic emulsion on canvas. 250 x 200 cm.

"Demente", 1974. Three-dimensional construction, oil painting, photographic emulsion, aluminum and methacrylate. 261 x 210 x 160 cm.

"Demente", 1974. Three-dimensional construction, oil painting, photographic emulsion, aluminum and methacrylate. 261 x 210 x 160 cm.

"El místico", 1974. Mixed technique on photolinen canvas. 250 x 200 cm.

"El místico", 1974. Mixed technique on photolinen canvas. 250 x 200 cm.

"AQUÍ", 2008. Mixed technique on pholinen and canvas. 250 x 200 cm.

"AQUÍ", 2008. Mixed technique on pholinen and canvas. 250 x 200 cm.

"Madame Moitessier d’Après Ingres, 1856", 1994. photographic emulsion and oil on canvas. 200 x 230 cm.

"Madame Moitessier d’Après Ingres, 1856", 1994. photographic emulsion and oil on canvas. 200 x 230 cm.

"Basic Document", 1993. Color-processed photograph. 56 x 77 cm.

"Basic Document", 1993. Color-processed photograph. 56 x 77 cm.

"Basic document", 1970. Black and white processed photography. 41 x 75 cm.

"Basic document", 1970. Black and white processed photography. 41 x 75 cm.

"Basic document", 1971. Black and white processed photography. 39 x 72 cm.

"Basic document", 1971. Black and white processed photography. 39 x 72 cm.

"Jones [Basic document]", 1975. Mixed technique. 40,5 x 64,5 cm.

"Jones [Basic document]", 1975. Mixed technique. 40,5 x 64,5 cm.

"Basic document", 1968-93. Mixed technique on processed black and white photography. 68 x 78 cm

"Basic document", 1968-93. Mixed technique on processed black and white photography. 68 x 78 cm

"Autorretrato 94", 1994. Mixed technique on photolinen and board. 146 x 80 cm each

"Autorretrato 94", 1994. Mixed technique on photolinen and board. 146 x 80 cm each

"Inward Surface Bagdad Night", 1991. Mixed technique on photographic emulsion and board. 30 modules of 47 x 38 cm each

"Inward Surface Bagdad Night", 1991. Mixed technique on photographic emulsion and board. 30 modules of 47 x 38 cm each

London, 1998. Mixed technique. 41 x 75 cm

London, 1998. Mixed technique. 41 x 75 cm

"Basic document", 1975. Mixed technique. 21,5 x 32 cm.

"Basic document", 1975. Mixed technique. 21,5 x 32 cm.

"Basic document", 1976. Mixed technique. 68 x 53,5 cm

"Basic document", 1976. Mixed technique. 68 x 53,5 cm

"Basic document", 1976. Mixed technique. 68 x 53,5 cm

"Basic document", 1976. Mixed technique. 68 x 53,5 cm

Serie "Faces", 1976. Mixed technique on photolinen canvas. 109 x 81 cm.

Serie "Faces", 1976. Mixed technique on photolinen canvas. 109 x 81 cm.

Serie "Faces", 1976. Mixed technique on photolinen canvas. 109 x 81 cm.

Serie "Faces", 1976. Mixed technique on photolinen canvas. 109 x 81 cm.

Serie "Faces", 1976. Mixed technique on photolinen canvas. 109 x 81 cm.

Serie "Faces", 1976. Mixed technique on photolinen canvas. 109 x 81 cm.

"Pies degradación en color", 1974. Mixed technique on photolinen canvas. 52 x 40 cm each

"Pies degradación en color", 1974. Mixed technique on photolinen canvas. 52 x 40 cm each

Tangible and Intangible, Darío Villalba

Darío Villalba

from June 5, 2021 to August 7, 2021

The opening of this solo exhibition, which presents works by the artist Darío Villalba, will take place on Saturday, June 5th, between 12.00 and 8.00 pm. The exhibition will take place within the framework of the Off Festival of PHotoEspaña 2021. 


The tangibility of the intangible is the title of the text that Don Francisco Calvo Serraller (1948-2018) wrote for Darío Villalba’s (1939-2018) exhibition at Freijo Gallery, for PHotoEspaña's OFF Festival in 2014.

Seven years later, Freijo Gallery presents the second solo exhibition of Darío Villalba, which brings together icons, which are fundamental images in his work.
Accompanying these works with texts by Francisco Calvo Serraller is not only a tribute; it is also a way of bringing together key aspects that are and have been fundamental to the understanding of Darío Villalba's work. Inseparable friends and accomplices in their creative work, they both decided to part in the same year, 2018.

"[…] Art is also a strange mixture of matter and spirit, the real and the ideal, mortality and immortality, the human and the divine, the tangible and the intangible, because it is something made by hand, but carrying in its core an ideal. [...] Without this spiritual and intangible component, art would not be art, but mere craftsmanship, a mechanical product instead of a singular work." [1]  

In this exhibition we present works on various supports, in which photographic images take on a presence decontextualised from their own reality. Chrysalides, encapsulations, canvases, papers, photographs, basic documents... coexist to give life to images that Darío made iconic, images of characters who are no longer with us, but they have become faces, known to all of us who approach Darío's work.

The intangible aspect is not always related to the pain and injustice of unknown beings, which Darío manages to make protagonists; not always. Sometimes, Darío takes as his theme images contained in works of art by other authors - appropriations. Such is the case of Ingres' Madame Moitessier, or Tamara de Lempicka's Adam and Eve, which are present in this exhibition.

This journey, bringing us closer to the images that obsessed him, accompanied by Calvo Serraller's texts, from today's perspective, with the singularity of the present moment, helps us understand the ghosts and the intangible nature of Darío Villalba.

  

[1] Francisco Calvo Serraller, “La tangibilidad de lo intangible”, Testigo Documental. El poder de la imagen en Darío Villalba, exh. cat., 2014. Freijo Gallery, Madrid, Spain, p. 12.