Borondo – ‘Animal’

The exhibition ‘Animal’ by Spanish artist Gonzalo Borondo, open through the 26th of February, 2015, at the Londonewcastle Gallery in Shoreditch courtesy of RexRomae, reflects on the conflict between humans and nature, revealing how today humans try to control nature, no longer able to understand or connect with it, becoming dependent on technology and embracing an artificial and illusive way of seeing and perceiving their environment.

The artist is interested in the human condition and often uses the body as an universal language to incite the public to reflect on important issues such as their own mortality, their innate instincts, fear and awareness of their need for supremacy, to domesticate, to predict at all time. However, through their naive delusion, humans are now living in a comfortable captivity, putting their faith in the market economy and advanced technology.

In his recent interview for The Daily Street, Borondo talks about street art and his current show: “We take a very big distance from nature. All of the installations and the spaces in the exhibition are metaphors, talking about this distance and how we use nature without being a part of it. There’s very interesting things written about it and how in the past the animals and the humans lived together, then we started to make a distinction between the soul and the body and after that we decided that the animals don’t have souls, that the animals are on a lower level than humans. Before the industrial revolution, we needed animals, but after, because of technology, we don’t need them anymore, so they have become just meat, antlers, skin, just product. All of these things happen without us thinking about it. You look at an animal now and I think you cannot look at an animal like before. There is a big wall between us. So it’s to show that, especially in a city like London, we are losing our way to understand. (…) We cannot control nature, and we try to, but we can’t. We want nature because it’s beautiful and we like it and we feel that we are a part of it, but we want it in our way; in squares, short grass, clean, not walked on.” (read full interview)

The exhibition features eight thematic spaces that include video installations and painting animations in collaboration with Carmen Maín (Spain), and sculpture installations, created together with Edoardo Tresoldi (Italy) and Despina Charitonidi (Greece).

Borondo - ‘Animal’ solo show. Image © The Blind Eye Factory / via Street Art News

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Borondo - ‘Animal’ solo show. Image © The Blind Eye Factory

Image © The Blind Eye Factory

‘Animal’ exhibition. Image © The Blind Eye Factory

Image © The Blind Eye Factory

‘Animal’ exhibition. Image © The Blind Eye Factory / via Street Art News

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‘Animal’ exhibition. Image © The Blind Eye Factory / via Street Art News

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‘Animal’ exhibition. Image © The Blind Eye Factory

Image © The Blind Eye Factory

‘Animal’ exhibition. Image © The Blind Eye Factory

Image © The Blind Eye Factory

‘Animal’ exhibition. Image © The Blind Eye Factory

Image © The Blind Eye Factory

‘Animal’ exhibition. Image © The Blind Eye Factory

Image © The Blind Eye Factory

‘Animal’ exhibition. Image © The Blind Eye Factory

Image © The Blind Eye Factory

‘Animal’ exhibition. Image © The Blind Eye Factory / via Street Art News

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‘Animal’ exhibition. Image © The Blind Eye Factory / via Street Art News

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 ‘Animal’ Opening. Image © The Blind Eye Factory / via RexRomae

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 ‘Animal’ Opening. Image © The Blind Eye Factory / via RexRomae

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 ‘Animal’ Opening. Image © The Blind Eye Factory / via RexRomae

Image © The Blind Eye Factory / via RexRomae

 ‘Animal’ artwork. Image © Borondo

Image © Borondo

 ‘Animal’ artwork. Image © Borondo

Image © Borondo

 ‘Animal’ artwork. Image © Borondo

Image © Borondo

 ‘Fake Paradise’ Print

Image © Borondo

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Curators: Rom Levy (founder of RexRomae) and Charlotte Dutoit (JustKids).

Find out more about Borondo on his website and Facebook.

More info about RexRomae Gallery on their website, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.