David de la Mano – Pan Negro @ Itinerrance Gallery
Following his intervention at the Djerbahood project, David de la Mano is currently having his solo show “Pan Negro” at Itinerrance Gallery, from February 13th to March 14th, 2015 (open Wed-Sat, 2pm – 7pm).
As in the streets, David de la Mano introduces the viewer to his minimalist black silhouettes, highlighting various aspects and contradictions in human behavior, with focus on the masses phenomena, revealing what unites and what divides people. There are certain elements that recall the primitive state of man and his connection with nature, and others – the repetitive events in human actions. We also notice the harmonious transition from light to shadow, from multiplicity to singularity, in a perpetual motion similar to nomad experiences, as the figures continuously appear to move from one point to another, guided by their dreams, hopes or fears.
About David de la Mano
Born in Salamanca, Spain in 1975, David de la Mano started to express himself through drawing since his youngest years. He studied art at Salamanca’s university and particularly the question of the art in public space like Land art. While he finishes school, David gets two jobs: he is both an illustrator of children’s tales and he teaches sculpture to university students. From his experience as an illustrator David became attached to the myths and tales we can find in children’s universe which he subtly refers to in his work. From his teaching experience David de la Mano learns patience, discipline and increased sense of accuracy.
In 2006, he discovered the Street Art movement with artists such as Blu, Banksy and Eric Ail Cane. He began to paint in the streets and has never stopped since. David is particularly interested in areas around cities like suburbs, or abandoned places. He regularly collaborates with Pablo S. Herrero, his childhood friend with whom he founded Movimiento Senora, with the aim to paint in more remote places.
Attached to myths and tales from the medieval universe, we find in his work the bestiary of artist Jerome Bosch, Pieter Bruegel and Goya. He also admires the work of the performer Santiago Sierra from the alter-mondialisation movement.
David always works on two scales: in order to have a complete vision of his work, you have to get very close for catching all the details which can’t be seen otherwise and then you have to see it from a larger distance in order to put the artwork in its environment. Indeed, for the artist, the choice of the location where he is going to paint is very important, as he gives birth to a metaphoric and monochromatic world of social satires in lost areas. We can find his poetic landscapes in Spain, Uruguay, Norway, Argentine, Peru, Brasil, Italia, Portugal, Tunisia, England or USA.
About the gallery
Established since 2004 in the 13th district in Paris, located close to the Seine and the National Library, Itinerrance Gallery is part of a growing urban culture. With its concrete walls and 6 meter high ceiling, its exhibitions which are mixing wallpaintings and artworks or canvases, have become one of the highlights of Parisian art scene. Gallery Itinerrance’s programming is positioned exclusively in the field of Street Art. The gallery exhibits artists already well known by their artistic practice in the streets.
Images via Itinerrance Gallery