Cruce de Caminos

Diego Canogar Museu de Mallorca
June 2022

True to myself at all times, I explore the virtual essence of surfaces that define objects. I like to draw in three dimensions with pipes, sheet metal and metal rods, which I twist, fold and weld to create the constituents of my microcosm.

Geometry and nature are a limitless source of timeless designs for me to reproduce. My most recurrent themes are perhaps spheres and cubes, on the one hand, and rocks, sea waves, seaweed and bubbles, on theother, in different makeups. I seek to express them as simply as possible, almost always through iron. Gradually, however, I am beginning to experiment with bronze, starting out from models that I design and print in 3D. I give full prominence to the air that surrounds and circulates through the volumes and to relations with the real or simulated empty space inside and outside the works. They are sculptures in the style of 3D drawings or big brushstrokes, in need of a strong contrast with the background wall, which sometimes acts as a huge piece of paper.

I love to show the inside and outside at the same time, to change the scale, to fix my attention on tiny objects and to discover how they are formed, to retain the curiosity of a child combined with the rigor of an engineer, because it is not enough to believe that you want to make something–the other half of the fun is to figure out how to do it.

On occasions, I incorporate light as an active feature of my artworks, but in almost all cases, metal defines the contours that the light caresses and the shadows enrich.

Diego Canogar