BARCELONA, 1963 Abel Florido
Abel Florido loves the city, and he presents it to us in black and white, just like certain artists of photography who see in this binary combination the best way to capture the message with force by letting go of distractions.
Belonging to a new promotion of Barcelona painters, by means of a spontaneous but sure stroke and a dynamic use of the frames, it provides a fresh and direct vision of the main arteries of the Catalan capital and its pedestrians.
THE URBAN VIEWS OF ABEL FLORIDO
by Josep M. Cadena
Belonging to a new promotion of Barcelona painters, Abel Florido (Barcelona, 1963), through a spontaneous but sure stroke and a dynamic use of the frames, provides a fresh and direct vision of the main arteries of the Catalan capital and its pedestrians . La Rambla and the emblematic Café de la Ópera, Diagonal and Casa de las Punxes, Passeig de Gràcia and La Pedrera, and other urban elements such as the black and yellow cabs, subway entrances and cyclists, are represented by so much that they allow us to feel immersed in the midst of the citizen’s hustle and bustle.
The protagonists of the paintings are the common people who daily leave home to attend to our work obligations, go shopping or meet with some friends. While we walk, we do not have too much in each other or in the landscape that surrounds us. It is the same that we pass close to a building patrimony of the humanity or of an elegant young person, in the monument we fixed ourselves and to the congener we have erased it of the memory to the few seconds. Therefore, the color of our wandering seems to have to be the gray characteristic of anodyne realities.
But if in our rolling through the streets we know how to look, we will understand that each man and woman, far from being an individual without a relevant personality, constitutes a unique world of experiences and thoughts, that the stones treasure lessons that the ancestors have left us and that the banderole hanging on a street lamp announcing an exhibition by photographer Chema Madoz is the invitation to alter the routine and uninspiring route to direct our steps towards experiences that comfort our spirit.
And it is when we become aware that daily life hides treasures when the gray begins to transform into color. Abel Florido loves the city, and he presents it to us in black and white, just like certain artists in photography who see in this binary combination the best way to make the message come strong, thus avoiding distractions, but adding color notes to tell us, like the idealists of May 1968 in Paris, that under the cobblestones is the beach, it is up to each one to find it.