It has been nearly 10 years since Albert Pinya had his last solo exhibition in Palma, at the Galería Ferran Cano. The artist explains that this exhibition in his home town “is an exception rather than a rule, since I’ve always prioritized projects outside the province and there are very few exhibition projects on the island. It’s a good moment because it’s been long enough!”
This new exhibition brings together a number of recent, unseen works, carried out between 2016 and 2018, representing a clear declaration of intent, where the artist insists on “keeping up the constant search towards unknown territory” and ” being uncomfortable with oneself”, with the aim of reaffirming, firmly, the idea that “everything flows and is constantly changing” rejecting concepts such as “permanent and static”.
Pinya explains that “Panta Rei – Towards a new paradigm” is the result of recent years of work, in which some projects have really stood out, including “Proud to be a painter”, the Allegra Ravizza Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland. 2015; “Lichtspektrum” Hausacher Leselenz. Hausach, Germany. 2016; “Recent Works” MAC- Museum of Contemporary Art, Lissone, Italy. 2017; and – “Doppelganger” Felanitx Cultural Centra, Mallorca, 2017. In these works he has put himself on the edge of descriptive and narrative painting, a style he is commonly associated with, to make way for a language of synthesis, both cryptic and hermetic, closer to a kind of psychedelic abstraction than perspective, perhaps of a naïve accident.
A renewed display of means, resources and productions (video, sculpture, installation and painting) together with the collaboration of the musician Joan Miquel Oliver, are the seeds of “Panta Rei – Towards a new paradigm”.
He points out that in recent years “many variations have happened, both at a formal level and a conceptual one. Risk is one of the keys to understanding the current state of my painting at present. As a person, I can be a coward. As a painter, never. “Panta Rei – Towards a new paradigm” talks about how I face life through my painting”.
With respect to the new paradigm that Albert Pinya quoted in the title for this exhibition, it reveals something about the moment he finds himself at. “I don’t know where I’m going, and sometimes, I think I’m quite lost. But I have never felt so contemporary until now. For some time now I haven’t been working from experience. Rather I have been doing it from sensory perception. Memory, the autobiographical and the past have been replaced by gazing into the future, and in a constant search for new mysteries waiting to be solved. To rebel against everything permanent and static. Like the poetry of inexperience”.