Luis Gordillo

Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno (IVAM)

Luis Gordillo has created a hybrid language in which some Pop elements converge with certain aspects of art informel. He builds his work on serial repetition with an ironic twist. This exhibition presented a diachronic view of his work, focusing on his works of the ’80s, encouraging the viewer to read Gordillo’s painting in terms of the “stylistic associations” established among the pieces, and serving as a means of questioning the chronological orientation of the majority of retrospectives.

I use “stylistic associations” in order to echo Gordillo himself, who sums up his work as a group of stylistic changes, modifications subjected to different tendencies (art informel, Pop art, and geometric abstraction) which have left their mark on him. The formal character of the painting—particularly in relation to the construction of interior spaces—could be called the “painting within the

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