TOM CARR. El lloc i l'instant




Tom Carr has been on a marathon since he became known in the 80s last century and has not stopped setting himself new challenges at every turn. Other ways to express the very things that drive him to exist and to continue creating.
This exhibition is a sample of such concerns and for it he has selected three installations created in recent times:

A space with a truncated rhombus that recreates the Durero's solid form. A luminous torrent of textures and fragments of images passes through the geometry of pentagonal sides, articulated edges and acute and obtuse angles. Plans that are precariously linked, strong yet fragile, and full of emptiness.
The changing light that blinds and the darkness it illuminated speak of us of the dimension of the moment:  that point suspended in time that forms part of the eternal continuum.

Somewhere between La Boîte-en-valise, a suitcase with a compilation of reproductions of the works of Duchamp, and The Red Studio, where Matisse's studio becomes a total red plane that almost scolds the represented works and objects. Carr once again uses the image and light to create a collage associated with some of his works. Red, a colour the artist has employed continuously in many large-scale sculptures, is now a light space inhabited by some of his works, and also a moment in time.

Taking as a starting point the l'horror vacui of those paintings that represented spaces full of squares in the 16th and 17th century, the artist removes the frames from their content and makes them protagonists, a bridge between the two and three dimensions. Removing the frame from the "painting" and transforming it into an element which conceals and simultaneously trims a small area of space.
Assembled in groups, the frames spill accents of light-colour on both sides, reflexes of the hidden sides, which give meaning to the void and, as the ambient light is transformed, fill it with a diffuse and subtle life.

These installations share certain key traits:
They use the language of the light as a magical, ephemeral and sustainable vehicle that occupies the space.
They have chosen the visual and symbolic vocabulary of certain art references as a source.
They pursue the essence of things, awakening our perception with a combination of sensations and emotions that focus the mind beyond words.
They invite us to enjoy the unique experience of being in the place and in the moment.

Carme Miquel