Patricio Cabrera

Galeria La Maquina Espanola

The recent paintings of Patricio Cabrera depict a landscape whose horizon is lost in the distance. They are imaginary landscapes despite the references to nature. His paintings of 1985 and 1986, in which the perspectives seem populated by objects such as bare tree trunks, columns, and garlands, emphasize the multiplicity of elements that converge in the artist’s mind to form the memory of a southern land, full of color, rituals, and traditions. Two years ago, his language was becoming more abstract, and the surfaces flatter; he began placing a special emphasis on the elements of construction, the relationship of colors, and showed a certain inclination toward ornamentation.

The work in this exhibition (all from 1989) takes up the landscape again, but renders it more distant and anonymous. Nature acquires general connotations, and is submitted to a process of internal abstraction that removes

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