16th october - 23rd december 2015
"Today, the immediate, impetuous and thoughtless consumption has brought the image into disrepute, has even destroyed it. - How can we paint Nature, now, that its representation does not exist any more?
My paint wants to do it.
In the exhibition Palimpsest Nature is not represented, it is present, it is not an image, it exists on the canvas, where leaves float on its surface. But to allow us to see, I have buried them under infinite layers of varnish, one coat upon the other, in a tantric gesture that gives hint to its physicality.
What remains is its memory, the reminiscence of its trace, prevailing after a process of constant deletion. Through each coat, the paintings become the bearers of a palimpsest, of the layers of memory that constitute the fraught and painful history of image, and of Nature.
The traditional technique of layers functions here as a Palimpsest, in order to make things visible and to recuperate life. - Imagining the image, veiled by time, is the only way to watch consciously. Palimpsest or memory residues, is a vehicle to clarify the view.
Paint, a representation in the past, is today a space for reality." Darío Basso
Darío Basso was born 1966, he lives and works in Madrid. - Nature, travels and the meeting of cultures and its influence on history are constant themes in his work. He joins the experiences made during his journeys in Africa, India, South America and the Middle East with a western vision. - Dario Basso has created during his career an individual and timeless language that has found the interest of many art lovers.