“N A V I g a t i o n

14 January – 27 February 2016

Puerta Roja is proud to present the first exhibition in 2016 – NAVIgation, bringing together a selection of works by our Spanish and Latin American artists.

Navigation stems from the Latin navigare “to sail, go by sea, steer a ship,” from navis “ship” and agere “to drive”. From a contemporary perspective “navigation” can be understood in a broader sense as first, the laying of a collision-free global path from a starting position to a target destination through a complex environment; and second, the steering or moving along that path while avoiding obstacles.

For the first exhibition of 2016, Puerta Roja brings together a selection of works by its stable of Spanish and Latin American artists exploring and creating new paths to our outer and inner worlds. Navigating natural, urban, time and spiritual landscapes, the artists’ steer the viewer towards a deeper understanding of the complex environment that surround us.

The exhibition will also introduce for the first time at Puerta Roja the works of its newest Spanish artist Miguel Angel Iglesias Fernández. In his paintings, Miguel Ángel creates idealized urban landscapes, laying paths for the viewer to be immersed in a multi-coloured sensory experience in an austere city void of figurative elements. Shadows, light and an exceptional colour palette are the only elements that bring the landscape alive. In an increasingly globalised world, Miguel Angel’s cities lack any hint for local identification, they could be seen as a window into an almost perfect urban parallel reality. An optimist at heart, his sculptural paintings give us a view from above, a view that removes the traps or obstacles that arise from the minutia, from the small problems that create conflict amongst us. In such way, as a true navigator, Miguel Ángel steers us in the path of a more hopeful future.

The exhibition also incorporates a broad selection of sculptures and paintings from Puerta Roja’s represented artists, including Carlos Aguirre, Héctor Velázquez, Irene Dubrovsky, Javier León Pérez, José Luis Alexanco, María García-Ibáñez and Mauricio Garrido.