Jordi Alcaraz is a Catelonain artist born in 1963 in Callela, Spain, near Barcelona where he currently lives and works. He has exhibited widely, especially in recent years as his international profile has grown to include solo exhibitions in the United States, Germany, Canada, Switzerland and Spain.
Alcaraz’s work has the physical presence of sculpture and the considered quietness of post-minimalist painting. Known first for his book-like assemblages, a common hallmark is the manipulation of the glass or acrylic surface enclosing these works. Alcaraz uses different tools to melt, break or contort the glass or acrylic. These ruptures behave as doors or corridors pointing the eye toward the space separating the viewer from the work, or protecting the work from the viewer. Substantial, hand-made wooden frames further define a deep, interior space occupied by his unique, composited forms consisting of paintings and embedded objects and materials like steel, hand-made books, staples, stones, glass eyes and mirrors.
Alcaraz is ultimately commenting on language and the language of art. His use of reflection, distortion and enigmatic marks connect Arte Povera, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. Violating the image plane as he does is no longer a radical act in art, but Alcaraz is not trying to illustrate a point or position himself literally into an art historical framework. His evocative work is unresolved at its best and is more about the process of making and perception than direct story-telling.
His stand-alone sculptures, far fewer of which exist than his hanging pieces, are abstract figures. Contained within a plexiglass vitrine, these figures are aware of their restriction and push against the surface quite literally billowing out the vitrine where their action is directed. The figure’s perceived understanding of being viewed awakens the reality of the dialogue between art and viewer and aptly illustrates this confounding relationship Alcaraz explores so deeply in his work.
In 2012, Alcaraz first New York City solo exhibition will be held at Tomlinson Kong Contemporary.
Selected Works (11)