Txomin Badiola

Galería Soledad Lorenzo

There is a symbiotic relationship between tradition and modernity that runs through the works of Txomin Badiola. The duality so evident in Badiola is not an isolated instance in the current resurgence of sculpture here but can be found in the work of almost every other young Spanish sculptor as well. What is modern in Badiola’s sculpture is that he chooses to show the process of each work—the various connections and disjunctions among its structural elements—as part of the finished piece, thus attacking stereotypical formalism and disrupting our customary ideas of perfection and completion. Aware of the deceptiveness of appearances, Badiola toys with the work’s “finished” look and makes it seem as if it were perhaps only a first attempt, an approximation—one of the logical contradictions that he uses to create a sense of tension in his sculpture. He injects a certain degree of anarchy into

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