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Yago Hortal Creates Paintings With Breathtaking Color Smears [Slideshow]

The work of the Spanish artist references its medium: paint.

As we try to do most Friday afternoons, we offer you a little eye candy — a brief reprieve from design-related matters as you head off into the weekend. This week, it's in the form of Yago Hortal's lusciously vibrant paintings of explosive color.

There are no heady theories to unpack here, as the Berlin-based Spanish artist himself admits, albeit in the most convoluted sort of way: "A painting that talks about painting, and in consequence, about its own language autonomy, is a whirlpool that extends to in?nity, a pictorial-rational loop." See, it's all about the act of working with paint, typified by such famous action painters as Jackson Pollack and Franz Kline. Think of Gerhard Richter's experimentations in smearing — a stretch, we know — but with an '80s DayGlo palette. Or don't think of anything at all: Turn off the old bean and revel in the swirls and splashes of Hortal's abstractions.

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  • RenatoCastilho

    I don't care for the pseudo-intelectual-BS —or if he can't eloquently express his sentiment (not even sure if the original quote was in German or Spanish... lost in translation maybe?). I think the screens above are FANTASTIC.  I look at the paintings and they move me. That's enough.

  • RenatoCastilho

    Interesting... I think you're saying two things.  1- it's uncontrolled and 2- it's not art. To the first, I actually don't see them as uncontrolled. In fact what attracts me to these is the sense of controlled randomness. It may feel loose and sporadic at first but there's an undeniable harmony in the compositions and colors, in my opinion. To your other point... well, it is the expression of what he feels, and thus it is art. :)

  • Karyl Gilbertson

    I really like these, but I can't help but like them a little less after reading that mouthful of arthouse bollocks he uses to describe his work. I don't know whether he's a faux-intellectual arrogant asshole, or whether he's just capitulating to what the art world says artist statements should look and sound like.

    Would it have killed him to just say, "I'm enjoying and experimenting with the process of applying paint to canvas" or something similar with a little less gobbledegook?

  • scott davey

    I agree, Karyl, but there's a lot of pressure in the art world, and conditioning in art schools, to come up with just that sort of bs.