Árboles como arqueología, 2003
Eight black granite monoliths
(427-507 cm y 95-115 cm de diameter) and two ancient olive trees
Hermitage of la Corona, Piracés, Monegros, Huesca
Curator: Javier Maderuelo
Technical development for the project: José Miguel Ferrando
Video 30″: http://youtu.be/Tp2bseydqZo
Fernando Casás Catalogue: Fernando Casás: Naturgeist, with an introduction by Javier Maderuelo (Diputación de Huesca, 1997).
Fernando Casás has spent his life between Brazil and Galicia, an experience that has shaped his development as an artist, leading him to work and pursue his education in both places. In terms of the learning of his craft, this back-and-forth movement is evident in the way the influence of his Galician grandfather, a carpenter who taught him how to work with wood, is complemented by his technical training at the Escola Superior de Desenho Industrial in Rio de Janeiro. The natural landscapes of Brazil and Galicia have had a significant influence on his work, and Casás draws on the wide range of materials provided by nature, from tree trunks from the Amazon rainforest to materials from the coast of Galicia. He has used such materials to pursue one of the basic aims of his work: to investigate diverse processes of decomposition and transformation in nature, as effected by natural elements (such as wind), by insects (such as termites), and by industrial processes and materials (such as polyester). Casás’ sculptural works tend to be monumental. Through his pieces he seeks to break down the barriers that civilisation has constructed between nature, the world of culture, and perception, trying to get people to change the way they respond to nature and adopt a respectful view of landscape. At an emotional level, and in a very visual way, the art of Casás leads us to feel that in the primordial universe he reveals there is no gulf separating man, the world, the cosmos and nature.
Fernando Casás. Fernando Casás. Arqueología del no lugar. Madrid. Círculo de Bellas Artes, 2004, p 126.
Javier Maderuelo. Fernando Casás. Diputación de Huesca, 1997, p 9.
Roberto Grey. Fernando Casás. Arqueología del no lugar. Madrid: Círculo de Bellas Artes, 2004, p.157.
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Coordinates: Latitude 42º 0’ 44,86’’ N. Longitude 0º 19’ 26,77’’ W