Modern Shapes Gallery, Antwerp (BE), 10.9.–4.10.2020
Opening: Thursday, September 10, 5 p.m.
The Antwerp Modern Shapes Gallery is happy to present the minimalist yet intimate work of Spanish artist Enric Mestre. These past years we’ve seen the artistic ceramics regain popularity and how clay has been reclaimed by contemporary artists as a means of artistic expression. This has had a liberating effect on the whole scene and increased visibility on an otherwise often marginalised mastery. Enric Mestre is well known as one of the masters that helped pave the way to consolidate the artification of the medium.
Through dedication and commitment he pushed the technical boundaries of this demanding yet humble. As one of the important artists of the Spanish school, his name is mentioned in one breath, together with artists likes Jorge Oteiza and Eduardo Chillida.
Enric Mestre’s sculptural objects seem sober, almost austere. But appearances can be deceptive: these objects have an immense poetic force that looks right back at the beholder. His sculptures command the imaginary and forces a contemplative state.
Image above: Stoneware sculpture, 1995, 50 x 135 x 40 cm