Carlos Cartaxo

Carlos Cartaxo

Valladolid, 1978

Presented by SHIRAS GALERÍA

Carlos Cartaxo paints, draws and creates three dimensional Wood relief carvings wich he then puts on the Wall, thus exacerbating the substantial nature of painting. These small format works depict objects as shields. But when the format of his work is larger, they acquire great complexity, thus suggesting architectural models with landscapes and views from above. These wood relief carvings are painted with acrylic paint and then varnished, wich gives them a futuristic and handmade finish. Cartaxo also creates small and complex paintings, similar to the german´s artist Thomas Scheibitz, Although Cartaxo gives to his paintings a warmer atmosphere with duller colors. All his images seem to emerge from the experience of contemporary architecture and design, and from like in the city, in interiors filed with cables an pipes. His painting is self-referential and metalinguistic, wich works as a perfect machine and supposes an apotheosis of the world of art in an exciting quest for new images and vocabularies. Finally, his collages on graph paper, from the series entitled Territorios, remind us of diagrams and architectural plans. Trough them, he snows us very complex structures, and just like the cubist images, they seem to simultaneously introduce different points of view, combining aspects both of plans and elevations. Its autonomous nature isemphasized, atlast, by this ambiguity.