Fernando Carabajal

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USA, 1973

Lives in Hamburg - Germany and CDMX 

The art work for Carabajal is that presence that never twists its end and whose end enhances every moment of its origin.

Carabajal chooses minimalism and silences to move between what we perceive and what we feel when we see his works. Each of his proposals seems to be interconnected and almost duplicated by his perception of the world and by his very particular narration. Even when each work is unique and independent in its expression and strength.

Around the idea of painting and sculpture, for example, the raw materials gesticulate their own resonance, delimit in themselves the scope of the form, that the tooling and the hand dissect, while the drawing is that possibility of looking at what is he wishes, almost immediately, almost simultaneously to desire, like photography.

His work is a field of action for the viewer, an observatory, an inventory. It is not a hermetic work but not immediate. It demands and is demanded, it softens when seen, it solidifies in the gaze. In that interval, your interest is to infect - rather than explain - interest in questions.

"My work is a platform of investigation where four lines of work converge. Arriving from different reflections on the idea of production and artistic product, I develop a personal questionnaire to resolve through concepts characteristic of art, beyond supports or specific media. The work begins years before its exhibition under a rigorous daily process –quotidian-­‐ where text and image start to determine the path of apparition of the object and, above all, a recognition of how far to go, so that both the construction process as well as the moments that follow the work: exhibit, documentation, collection, are conducive to a latent state of conditions. The first line of work then, runs and traverses over an Arbeit Journal (workbook) that is usually a container of written poetic acts, preparation drawings, synoptical paintings and new glossaries. In my work there is an interest in the belief that “The syntax is a quality of the soul”, as Paul Valéry said, so it substantially asks not a reading from the possible spectator, but a kind of co-­‐ responsibility from its own substance. My second and third lines to investigate are extremely formal, conceptual and plastic determinants from materiality and the inherent boundaries of each substance used. I try to meditate about sculpture, painting, drawing and photography from their humanistic affiliation, from its undeniable quality as anthropological links; which is why my work is a kind of tracking, punctual, specific, not of art history, but of gaps where, although special circumstances exist, an inexplicable and elusive emptiness evidences a human potential almost lost, forgotten. In these moments of rupture, these breaks on the folded surface of time and space are axes of my personal network, which has been formed 12 years ago. It allows me not only a congruent and organic structure between each work, but it favors territories mainly unique and close to my own entity. Around the idea of painting and sculpture, for example, the raw materials gesticulate their own resonance; they limit the scope of form that the tooling and hand dissect, while the drawing is that possibility of looking at what one desires, almost immediately, almost simultaneously to the desire, like photography. The last line of investigation is the one that defines the links. My work is a field of action for the spectator, an observatory, an inventory. The work is not hermetic but neither immediate. Requires and is required, softens up when seen, solidifies itself at the sight. In the meantime (sway), my interest is to proliferate –more than to explain-­‐ an interest for the questions. Try to make the spectator believe that we surely inhabit an enormous and indecipherable question, and as beings from that realm, we converse through questions, and not through answers, with things. This correspondence and exchange could explain the diversity of appearances in my work. It is not a reflex of a pretentious question. It is evidence of the simplest question that we haven’t been able to formulate. The art work, for me, is that one presence whose origin never distorts its aim, and whose aim extols every moment of its origin. It is my way to have a discussion and to generate bonds from small questions for a more and more extensive listing of answers".