Sketch on Paint 1
16.5 x 11.7 inches | A3 size
Acrylic on cotton paper
*This artwork ships from France*
Alejandro Javaloyas is a mixed media painter who currently lives and works in Toulouse, France.
"The unmade bed
A new drool stain on the pillowcase
A red wine circle on a linen tablecloth
The sagging couch
Chair dents all over the carpet
Dust on the exercise bike seat
And that subtle dirt around the light switch
Splashed toothpaste on the mirror
Foundation traces on the hand towel
Crumbs on the kitchen counter
Scratches on the wooden cutting board
That stain of a coffee that one day was spilled on the parquet
The ghost left on the wall of a photo that is no longer there
A footstep on the dry cement
Tape residue on a shop window
Chewing gum on the sidewalk
An almost erased zebra crossing
A cobalt-blue spray-painted marking on the pavement
Many graffiti tags on that public trash can
Archaeology of everyday life
My practice focuses on the study of stains, splashes, pours, scratches, smears, dirt, footprints, etc. as traces of what happened, as the material remains of the everyday life, in this era of hyperconsumerism, in which the culture of fast-fashion and ready-to-assemble furniture have given rise to an aseptic and detexturized society, driven by a trite and impersonal taste, and full of disposable objects, with no past and a very short future.
The sum of my drawings, paintings, installations, and other media constitute a vocabulary of its own that aims to combat the sterility of contemporaneity, through the creation of objects whose formal appearance, whose texture, is a record and a consequence of the making process itself.
My abstract work is formally linked to the post-war Spanish Informalism and the French Tachisme. Even though I share with the aforementioned conversations similar lyrical aspirations and a very strong focus on materials, I’m not so much interested in the action of the gesture itself because my marks are fundamentally nostalgic. Embracing the dirt, vindicating our homes and cities as archeological sites, understanding the already-lived objects that surround us as pieces of evidence that tell the stories of those who are no longer among us, as the only way to understand ourselves and how we got here."