We recently visited the studio of prolific Spanish artist Gonzalo Borondo ahead of his upcoming solo exhibition entitled Animal. Curated by Rom Levy, founder of RexRomae, and Charlotte Dutoit of Justkids, the show will be set up at the Londonewcastle Project Space in Shoreditch.
It’s Borondo’s most ambitious show to date and the atmosphere in the studio was full of buzz and fun. Prolific is an euphemism when we see the variety of techniques and medium used: wood, mesh, glass, videos and so on… The comprehensive body of work ranges from his signature paintings on glass and raw classical paintings on wood to collaborations with Carmen Maín (ES) on video installations and impressive sculptural installations with Edoardo Tresoldi (IT) and Despina Charitonidi (GR).
Focusing on “the conflict between our innate animal instincts and our present lives, which are coated with the dependence of technology and our fear for the unknown,” Borondo invites the viewer to a sensory journey through eight thematic spaces, exploring the relationships between human beings and nature. Humans try to tame nature and control everything around them through technology in the delusional hope to reach immortality instead of embracing the wildness and freedom that nature has to offer.