SOME/ART : 'AITOR ORTIZ' AT 104 CENTQUATRE, PARIS
Spanish photographer - and certainly one of the contemporary artists we truly appreciate at SOME/THINGS - Aitor Ortiz is now exhibited at Le Centquatre through a broad over-the-years selection of some of his most mind-blowing visions.
Surreal insights of basic architectures, misleading apparitions, distorted structures, closed-up materials, thick blocks of fictional misleadings - Aitor Ortiz sixth sense for the merest shapes allow the art to instantly reach another level of sophistication.
The primary minimalistic approach of the subject highly contrasts with refined uses of light through a brilliant understanding of its games and tricks. On the opening part of the exhibition comes the essence of Aitor Ortiz photography as to prepare the visitor falling deeper into his dimension - and already the flat objects outpace the common expectations. But the Intromisiones exhibition commissioned
by José-Manuel Gonzalès - head of Le Centquatre - presents for the first time in Paris the other sides of Aitor Ortiz’ fertile creativity. Once one passes the door of the dim maze - especially built by the photographer to serve the many layers of his new creations - the pictures seem to enter into fusion with its backings - to melt into it and uncouple at the same time thanks to cleverly implemented reliefs. Materially inputting multiple strata by overlaying sprays of ink on aluminium plates, the final results provoke distinctions over the concept of perception itself - Aitor Ortiz brings the visitor to simultaneously envision direct representations and subjective interpretations through tricky angles.
Accumulation of pierced plaques of metal - flat or unshaped intertwining - is characteristic of the other new shown serie, giving a cinematic lecture of the works of the artist. The biggest piece - under the shape of a multi-dimension mirage - enforces a dreamlike yet engaged inception of the states of
modern cities and suburbs.
Sensitivity behind SOME/THINGS universe fully encounters Aitor Ortiz treatment of black as a material and not as just a color. The transcendences of chiaroscuros operated by the artist are infinitely raising the architectural subject on another level - a « concrete » state of grace.