The State Museum of Saint Petersburg Academy of the Arts
Kuindji Museum Exhibition Hall
Honorary Member of Russian Academy of Arts
August 3, 2013 2 PM
Until recently Angel Orensanz has been known for his extravagant landscape and urban installations done in Japan, Russia, USA, Western Europe and other countries. This exhibit in St. Petersburg is very innovative in his intensive creativity. For the very first time the artist will present his photo-art.
Why in Saint Petersburg?
As Angel Orensanz admits himself his artistic development has been greatly influenced by such giants of Russian Avant-garde as Kazimir Malevich, Vladimir Tatlin and others.
All of them lived in Saint Petersburg.
Angel Orensanz and his artistic odyssey.
By Tatiana Borodina
Director of the Repin Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia.
In my opinion Angel Orensanz is an artist extraordinaire of postmodern thinking.
Creativity - inspiration, time, place, and material depend on the circumstances and the mental attitude of the artist. His permanent state of his personality - the creative vision of the world feels like the world is a constantly changing installation, with installation ideas, discoveries, materials and spiritual creation. His mission and the meaning of his existence as an artist, consists in the creation of dramatic art objects, installations, sculptures, paintings and drawings. And in this desire to assert himself as an artist lies the emotional intensity, "nerve" of his works. The creations of Angel Orensanz come always accompanied with such suitable terms as enchantment, expression, inner tension and dynamism.
By and large these works remind us of the inseparable connection of outer space and human spirit, communication manifested, visible, intended to exist for a long time and the uniqueness of the moment of creation. They appear as already created, but temporary....
As a master, with a professional training at the school (Ecole de Beaux-Art, Paris), he keeps in his work of many traditions, including the lessons of Russian avant-garde; and the passion and the expression of this artist's intense personality are perfectly visible.
Orensanz likes to work in a large space, and especially in open landscapes, be on the streets or in the open mountains and seashores. He is a very generous artist and has a powerful and a creative temperament. He is a most innovative creator, literally obsessed with art. He is ready to share with all the result of his enthusiastic passion for creation, the magic of his creation. He loves to decorate nature, and makes it an organized space for the arts. Art in the natural world and in total co-existence is one of the main themes of creativity Orensanz. It's simple, but conceptually multifaceted. Comparison and interaction of two realities: the art object and landscape protection, their harmony and contrast, ¬the ability of change in the natural forms of the elements - create a new art-reality; and how often expressive, whole and beautiful it is. In his designs, even the most destructive, there is a highly complex symbolic imagery. Another subject must see, and everyone will see it has his own way, from his point of view.
Materials of his works are: snow, flowers, light fabric, paper.... They are doomed to a short existence. Therefore, the artist captures the creation of the video and photos where they are stored in time – having this way a long life. The graphic works of Orensanz, are perceived as a stream of reflections of the artist.
On December 6, 2008 the Grand Jury of International Film Festival of Monaco awarded Angel Orensanz the Award for Surrealistic and Non Violent Art for his film "The Final Score" (Angel Orensanz interpretation of Ingmar Bergman’s legendary film “The Seventh Seal”) . This project was carried with script, direction and photography by Angel Orensanz and with the technical support of the staff from the Museum of Modern Art of Wales. It was July 30 of 2007, when Angel Orensanz finished the film shooting of his film. That very day Ingmar Bergman passed away.
This project is organized under auspices of:
Saint Petersburg State Museum of Russian Academy of Arts
Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York, USA
Consulate General of Spain in Saint Petersburg.
GArts Management, New York, USA