Andreu Fresquet is an artist who transmits vitality. Today he is introducing “Rhythms, Movement and Atmosphere”, a work full of these three elements. They are a clear sign of a way of working, of a style that has become his own and that takes us into a world of pictures, music, fruit, porcelains and, also, chess.
Ignasi Cabanas, the Rusiñol Gallery’s director, was the first speaker. While going down a historical memory lane, he remembers that the first exhibition of Andreu Fresquet in that Gallery was on the 7th of June 1992 (that is, 21 years ago!). Cabanas predicts a greater success for this occasion. We are in front of the work of a great painter, with whom we are closing the exhibition season 2012-2013. “We will take a break for summer and start again on the 6th of September”.
Josep M. Cadena: “He is an artist who, from the very beginning, thought about using plastic. He used it under historical circumstances which allowed him to express many things while seeming as if he wasn’t saying anything. Those things were the “rhythm” of life, the “movement” within the very interior of the persons, and were —above all— the “atmospheres” that exist in a society. These three words are present in the invitation card of this exhibition: they define the background of his painting. We also see it in the wrapping paper in the showcase, under this picture with this movement, with this rhythm, which reflects the rebellious man. It is the man who is not carried away by circumstances, even though the circumstances are affecting the whole world”.
The art critic, Mr. Cadena goes on to say, that “Jordi is an example of struggle. He was living in Paris in May 68. He had the desire of saying: “We must move forward”. And now he is also saying it through his work, where everything is flying, including chessboards, which are a metaphor of our society itself. It is aboard and we are the peons and the figures”.
Finally, the artist says: “I am very excited. Thanks to my friends and to all the people who have come here. Also thanks to Mr. Cadena, who knows me very well and thanks to my family”. Then the attendees asked some questions about his work and Andreu Fresquet answered in the relaxed atmosphere tha characterizes him.