I grew up watching my father on television. He was a famous football player in his day. Due to his career, I had an overwhelming childhood, raised among journalists, cameras, autographs and fans. The fact of seeing him every day in real life, but also constantly on the media, stickers, shirts, advertising and even those first videogames, produced in me an experience of confusion and disturbance about the blurring boundaries between physical and virtual reality.
The adult need to assimilate this experience led me to the thoughts of Paul Virilio, Jean Baudrillard and other postmodern philosophers who also reflected on my existential doubts. Especially the latter, who claimed that reality itself is dead, diluted among the massive proliferation of simulacra, as the real world has been replaced by a simulated new paradigm he called “hyperreality”.
Starting on this theoretical basis, my artwork is conceptually designed as a videogame where the spectator enters through his reflection, situating metaphorically reality and simulation on the same level. For this purpose, I use pieces of glass in which I apply a self-created silver procedure that reflects partly like a mirror. I personally call it “Liquid Mirror Paintings”.
In physics, the reflected image is called “virtual image”. Therefore, the act of painting with my invention literally creates an aesthetic virtual universe that interacts with the spectator. At the same time, it also questions the role of figurative art throughout history with the ancient desire to imitate and reproduce reality, reflecting on the work of my great referent: Magritte, who in his paintings questioned the danger of mimetic representation that replaces the original.
Another important concept for me is the “the fourth wall”, the imaginary wall that separates the audience from the play, that is “broken” when an interaction is made between the proposed fantasy and the receptive reality. This idea was first mentioned by philosopher Denis Diderot and is common in several creative fields, especially movies and TV. Beyond the simple narrative resource, I find the perfect poetic analogy to express Baudrillard’s thoughts and my lifetime concerns: the act of skipping fiction to interact with reality, places both universes at the same height.
That is my final aim: perpetual videogames that break the fourth wall to create an abstract new reality without any real references. I start on a simulacra, the mirror, to create my own new universe. The territory no longer precedes the map, it is the map that engenders the territory.
However, the Liquid Mirror Paintings as physical objects are always unfinished, since they need the interaction with the environment to be completed. Hence the vital importance of photography and video to document this dialogue, which complements the final artwork.
Artist statement: Breaking the fourth wall. Paulo J. Futre (2012) – About section
Double-page article at the Spanish edition of GQ Magazine! Read more
I was selected by Summa Art Fair to represent it’s Design section. It was the fair’s first edition, and I felt honoured to be the only artist who had his own stand, next to prestigious art gallerys such as Filomena Soares or Max Extrella.
Interview at Beis, a new art magazine published in Spain. It was great to be part of their third edition.
Interview at Grazia. Read more.
I had the luck to exhibit my new creations next to one of my favourite artists, Nikolas Piper, at the Deco Open Night event. His work questions the boundaries between art and design, and its definitely a great reference and inspiration for me. It’s was an honour to exhibit next to him in his own showroom.
Watch a video of the exhibition.
Visita Nikola’s site: www.nikolaspiper.com
The DecoHunter section of Elle Magazine deeply mentioned my work. Read more
Great article about my work! Read
Group exhibition at Galería Adora Calvo with works by great artists such as Luís Gordillo (a living legend!), Mitsuo Miura, Prudencio Irazabal and Daniel Verbis, among others. It is an honor to exhibit alongside them. Especially since two weeks ago was my 24th birthday!