Still Life

 

This series is a twist on the classic Spanish still life, adapting it to everyday contemporary life. The Spanish style of still lifes, much more spartan and less precious than its European counterparts –especially Italians such as Caravaggio and the Dutch, particularly Abraham Van Breyeren—was considered by writers of the period as a secondary genre, although later the work of great masters of the genre such as Zurburán and Juan Sánchez Cotán has been recognized and exhibited in such important venues as the Prado Museum. Here a contemporary version is achieved by switching the glass jug or the clay vessel for a plastic bag or some wrinkled aluminum foil, creating a still life that is more practical and even rougher around the edges than the classic Spanish examples. The gastronomic elements that dominate the series, primarily vegetables and pieces of fish, seafood and meat, are the ingredients needed to prepare traditional Spanish recipes, such as garlic shrimp, Madrid-style stew, pork cheeks, cured ham with melon and sea bass baked in salt.

Cabezas de Cerdo / 2012 / Inyección de tinta / 50×50 cm / Ed. 20

Cocido Madrileño / 2012 / Inyección de tinta / 50×50 cm / Ed. 20

Aceitunas / 2012 / Inyección de tinta / 50×50 cm / Ed. 20

Patatas Fritas / 2012 / Inyección de tinta / 50×50 cm / Ed. 20

Lubina y Sal / 2012 / Inyección de tinta / 50×50 cm / Ed. 20

Jamón y Melón / 2012 / Inyección de tinta / 50×50 cm / Ed. 20

Gambas, Ajo y Guindilla / 2012 / Inyección de tinta / 50×50 cm / Ed. 20

Ticket de Compra / 2012 / Inyección de tinta / 50×50 cm / Ed. 20