“Words are Wind” is the punchy title given Raul Cordero‘s exhibition that will open this March 29 at FL Gallery in viale Sabotino 22.
The name was carefully chosen by the artist, starting from its essential theory that the improper use of text within a picture damages the visual perception of the image. In a reimagined society which is based on appearances and aestheticism, the visual elements must provoke and arouse new feelings and words, says Cordero, are not always able to express these feelings. They assume the symbolic value of wind.
Born in 1971 in Cuba, Cordero now distances himself from Central American figurative art and strongly links his themes and ideas to the socialist revolution, echoing dialogue between the past and the present. Cordero is a lover of classical technique of working in oils which he then enriches by using new elements that their cues from the technological world in which we and the artist now live.
It is said that technology should improve our way of life and not become our life itself, but unfortunately, this is not so – something that Cordero understands perfectly. However, he does not view this with negativity, but rather explores the currents of modernity within its new artistic style.
Using recurring motifs and common landscapes, such as the sea, the artist sees an a parallel world through the use of a PC and prints before he begins painting. The artist will exhibit eight works of outdoor settings rendered in soft colours with sharp contours, underneath sharply rendered shapes on which appear some text. It is a perfect balance between the classical world and the abstract world.
The art of Cordero is not to be seen as a profound knowledge of nature, but as the close relationship between nature and man, and above all as a medium that enhances the symbolism of the obsolete in a world where everything becomes “forgotten” because of modern culture.