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Cesc Abad. The perfume of an idea

27.09.2021

Cesc Abad (Barcelona 1973), presents his new project PSYCHOLOGICAL DYSTOPIA at the Espai Paris Gallery, exhibiting a selection of paintings in which the artist investigates the defects of our society, presenting us with a dystopian world that allows us to reflect and question our role in it.

As Cesc Abad develops his identity as a painter, he realizes his great interest in man and his relationship with nature, and after years of experimentation he finally finds his tool in this creative process: the post-impressionist brushstroke and the history in symbolism. This combination makes the artist’s final work both figurative and conceptual, making an introspection from the point of view of nature, suggesting many questions to the viewer: can the Darwinian approach be reversed? Of all the species that inhabit our planet, which one has evolved and towards where? Could our society be living in a dystopia? These questions can be easy to ask, and possibly to solve, if we delve into the dystopian world of the artist Cesc Abad.

If we invert the Darwinian approach, we may find ourselves in a scenario where the cusp of civilization is not designed for man, but for animals that are capable of developing more effective behaviors than those of humans. Cesc’s work takes us into a kind of Garden of Eden, where each element has a function and lives in union with the environment. At the same time, his work makes us reflect on the dangers of technological advances that can mutate body parts of animals in cars, traffic lights or televisions.

What the artist seeks to propose is that we are really facing an involution of the species, an involution of Darwin’s theory, where the true pariah is the man who observes the greed of the animal species. Perhaps we are facing a new dystopia that allows us to reflect on our role in the world, as a satire of human behavior. Perhaps works like No smoking or Bonaparte pose situations that until now we had not even imagined. Perhaps Cesc Abad is inventing a world to talk about ours.

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Author: Meritxell Ribé