Jordi Gonzalez Castello
Contact: +34 609503760, firstname.lastname@example.org, Instagram: @ecosatori
I like the Japanese Wabi-Sabi aesthetic principle which is very characteristic of my work. An incomplete or imperfect finish, organic materials, showing the passage of time, simplicity, humility, sadness, wildness. I like concreteness, spontaneity and subtlety of poetry. I love beauty, even if the work is transgressor or dirty, it must be well made and having pleasing forms to the senses. I like to feel the passage of time (discourse and object) therefore I usually work with analog materials such as found and organic materials, photographic or cinematic film, and also I love to use obsolete techniques and old tools. I like to mix techniques and I prefer the public space for the art praxis rather than galleries.
Jordi González was born in Barcelona in 1975. He studied design/illustration, cinema and philosophy (MA, PhD) in Barcelona, Warsaw and Cracow. As an artist, he has worked in a multidisciplinary way and has exhibited in Spain, Andorra and Poland where he resided ten years.
Since the beginning of his career, in the 90s, he has been linked to various graphic techniques such as xylography in a free and unconventional way, by adding to the prints a hand finishing (drawing or painting) having as a result single originals. The most common leitmotiv on paper is the human body, deconstructing and analysing it, mixing scientific inspired images with metaphysic issues.
In the year 15, the artist felt an undeniable fascination for Land art. Starting with small interventions on the beach or in the woods, in a short time, he was incorporating materials and consolidating his own language in sculptures and installations of a greater dimensions in different spaces of the local geography. In the year 17 and 19, he took part in the Andorran Biennial showing works that summarizes his interest for the sacred and the ritual in relation with humans and nature. In the last years, He has been invited to take part in several Art and Nature events, residences and exhibitions in Spain like Els Ports, CAN, CACiS, etc.
A constant of his work is the wabi-sabi aesthetic, because he uses decayed or aged materials with an imperfect finish. This is due to the oriental influences, especially from Japan, a country that has visited twice, and because he is an occasional hajin and practitioner of zen meditation for more than a decade.
Simultaneously with the artistic work, during the last fifteen years, he has developed considerable career as an Illustrator, filmmaker and professor in different universities in Barcelona. He has published often theoretical and research texts in visual arts.
He currently lives in Masnou teaching, farming and working as shiatsu therapist.
This is a list of organized shows. However, I usually perform or install freely in nature or in the urban space.
(2020) Painting: Landscapes of olive oil. CCOC, La Granadella.
(2017) Engraving: Medicine book. Casa de Cultura, El Masnou.
(2010) Engraving: Naissance de la Clinique. La Felpa, Barcelona.
(2005) Photography: We are what we eat. Poczekalnia, Cracow.
(2020) Installation: Face to Face. Ports Natura i Art, Horta de Sant Joan.
(2019) Installation: Mother trees. Biennial of Land Art in Andorra.
(2018) Sculpture: Memento mori. Espai Casinet, El Masnou.
(2017) Sculpture: Agnus Dei. Espai Casinet, El Masnou.
(2017) Intervention: Descendants of Cosimo. CACiS, Manresa.
(2017) Installation: Prayer Flag. Biennial of Land Art in Andorra.
(2005) Painting: Fear not. Itinerant exhibition in private houses, Warsaw.
(2003) Video: Beach. Piotr Nowicki Gallery, Warsaw.
(2020) Centre d’Art i Natura, Farrera.
Essay-blog in my webpage (Spanish).
Persuasion and manipulation in the audiovisual times. Verbum publishers (2019)