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Joan Bennassar

Galería Maeght

Joan Bennassar’s work embodies the insularity of the island on which he was born; it is as if he had internalized Mallorca’s landscape characterized by the meeting of sea and earth. Though, in his recent exhibition, he is preoccupied with this sense of continuity, Bennassar proceeds with what seems an endless investigation of materials and form, and the pictorial spaces he constructs remain completely independent of one another despite their similarities. The facture of Bennassar’s paintings suggest primordial elements of nature: color is fluid and spills out like liquid light, and the traces of the liquid he employs to erode the line’s solidity register as imaginary shadows in his compositions. Bennassar is simultaneously austere and prodigal. The wet areas in his canvases call to mind the rains and the sea, but this pervasive liquid quality is transformed into a structural principle. In

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