There is something inevitable in the fact of being a painter which is to reference and rethink one’s pictorial practice at the same time as doing it. A kind of meta-analysis manifests the power of the painters’ trade both to liberate, and to enslave. The conceptual weight in Pere Llobera's work is one of his core traits, and can be glimpsed at through this selection of drawings where the painters’ practice, and their surroundings, is the central axis for both reflection and production.
In this way, the painter becomes a survivor of their own dysfunctionality, and his own internal conflict - a plight from which he cannot save himself, and the only safe passage out is through continuing to paint.
In this series of works on paper, we contemplate the contradictions and conflicts of the artist in the face of their own production, and the problems of the surrounding art world in all its complexities: art fairs, excessive production, the artist’s own personal tastes, and the symbolic story which confronts the artist each time they pick up a paintbrush, or observe its results. All productive potential has its setbacks and its hangovers, and here Llobrera is offering us a view of some of these that pass through the artist's mind, and inevitably also through their hand, in becoming a drawing.
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