September 9, 2016

La Vanguardia / Juan Bufill

Crawling out of my interiority now at the end of summer, I'm making up some ground now with images of the installation and a great review from Juan Bufill. I'll attach a translation below the fold.

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My translation with the aid of Google Translate:

Dennis Hollingsworth is an excellent American painter who perhaps is fed up of explaining his birth by chance in Madrid, a fact as testified on his resume, affirming a falsehood that conceals perhaps a more authentic reality: it is said that He born in his true country, U.S. This is similar to Gino Rubert, an artist born in Mexico, but grew up in Barcelona. The truth is that the links with the Iberian mainland keeps Hollingsworth connected not in Madrid, but with Catalunya, where for years he often lives and works during the summer season.

From a historical perspective, Dennis Hollingsworth (1956) can be placed in the framework of a new American expressionism. This means a renewal of the approaches as developed by some painters of previous generations, such as Mark Tobey, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, among others. It is therefore a example of abstract painting 21st century, which links to and extends the program of modernity by establishing new forms of expression. Moreover, it is a work that transcends the merely aesthetic, it is fully connected with reality, with immediacy of life which can also be sexual-and order or disorder which can be cosmic, linking with the work of Joan MirĂ³. Hollingsworth's connections with Catalunya are also vital, and much of its landscape can be recognized in his paintings, elements that evoke the natural world specific to it, especially the submariner world of this part of the Mediterranean that as he encounters every summer in the Costa Brava. Characteristic of his work are elements that evoke the shape of sea urchins, that proliferate within the two-dimensional canvases in contradiction to the usual conventions of painting, incorporating volumes of oil.

This time, a new motive proliferates: the asterisk, both a signal and a cosmic organic shape. The painting of Hollingsworth often refers simultaneously to livable reality and the plastic materiality of language.

Miguel Marcos Gallery. Jonqueres, 10. Until 29 July.


Posted by Dennis at September 9, 2016 12:30 PM

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