Alberto Villar

The United Kingdom, London Michael Hoppen Contemporary

Alberto Villar, born in Spain in 1968, studied photography and painting at Universidad Complutense de Madrid and in 1991 he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree. He also studied at EFTI, a school of photography and a visual center which includes professors such as Ronsangela Renno, Cristina García Rodero or Ramón Masats.

Villar started as a painter but soon his pictorial practice led him to photography, a medium where he found the language that best condenses and captures his fascination for the behavior of matter.

These photographs come about as the shaping of a process that is s continual game of construction and destruction. His work is mostly unknown but in recent years has been included in group exhibitions in France and Spain. Here at Unseen 2013, Michael Hoppen Gallery presents a group of works from Villar's ongoing series "Disintegrations". The artist uses both organic and some synthetic materials for the base from which he creates beautiful textured formations, his "ephemeral sculptures". Villar is intrigued by the tactile, visual, and physical properties. He obtains the materials in different ways: from simply collecting them, or fragmenting existing products; to allow vegetable matter to decay - always contemplating the ageing process and the degeneration of matter. They are busts of pseudo-selves, pseudo-characters: states of being rather than unique beings.

"I derive much from the birth of these anthropomorphisms. I rejoice in their singularity. However, my relation to them is brief: I cannot help but return to a new phase of destruction, submitting them to an immersion process in which they finally break down and decompose before my eyes. A fiesta of matter impregnated with beauty, with colour, and with tragedy....For how long do we exist and believe ourselves to be integral to the world around us, and for how long are we fragments, disconnected thoughts, disintegrated feelings, until the moment when we become just scattered matter?"