- Antoni Llena Barcelona, Spain, 1942
- Date:1967-1968 / Later print
- Technique:Gelatin silver print on paper mounted on aluminium dibond
- Dimensions:Full bleed image: 39 x 29 cm
- Category: Photography
- Entry date:2008
- Register number:AD05084
In the mid-1960s, Antoni Llena began to make ephemeral works using poor-quality, fragile materials like paper, talc and foam rubber. “One day, I started to make small sculptures out of paper, and I suddenly felt free. I found the fact that they could only last a limited time very calming, because it saved me the trouble of destroying them. That’s when I understood that life is movement, an ongoing process of change, and that the intellectual act is above all an act of ‘attention’. The most important thing is to pay attention. I thought: ‘it is constantly necessary to forget what you know to save your freedom, your view.’ And I realised that this artistic attitude was already the work of art.”
Catifa de papers pintats (Carpet of Wallpapers) is just what the title says; papers scattered around with no explanation. As the artist has said, “If the work is lost, there is always a photograph.” The photographs represent the only materiality in works that are destined to disappear immediately, testimony to a very short existence, yet this does not affect the subtle, almost lyrical beauty in the pictures: an example of the radical dematerialisation of the art object.
Llena, Antoni ( 1942-)Barcelona : Fundacio Joan Miro, 1988.
Barcelona : Galeria Joan Prats, 1989.
Llena, Antoni ( 1942-)Barcelona : Galeria Joan Prats, 1985.