Javier Corzo | Paseo

Paseo is a collection of vignettes that, when aggregated, suggest the punctuated moments of a graphic novel, the zoomed-in details that create an atmosphere or build a character. Clustered on the wall, we see a statue of Queen Victoria with four perched pigeons, creatures who manage to make use of public monuments and, at the same time, give them a hopeless air of neglect; we encounter a shirtless, corpulent man who sits on a stoop, with sharp tan lines rendering a shirt visible in its absence; we brush past anatomical studies of mummies, produced at the museum. Corzo goes for quantity, his observations oscillating between the banal and the monumental, street detritus and objects protected in museum vitrines. He first creates the drawings in pen and later adds color using digital techniques, bringing his works into the realm of animation and comics. Each print is a limited edition and, like his subject matter, his production process reflects a coexistence between the accessible, reproducible image and the collectible object.

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These images, captured during the artist’s spare time, were born in the tradition of the Sunday painter. But Corzo is not a hobbyist, but a formally trained chronicler who balances artistic production with a working life. Paseo is highly autobiographical, with the sum of his drawings and artifacts pointing to a larger story that is still unfolding and awaiting collation. 

Javier Corzo was born in Tenerife in 1986 and spent the last 7 years working as an illustrator and 3D modeller in Madrid, Leamington Spa (UK) and Malta. He graduated from the University of La Laguna, Tenerife in 2010. Some of his group exhibitions are: "What’s Up Glitches", TEA Tenerife Esapacio de las Artes, Santa Cruz de Tenerife (2016); "Colectiva", Mad is Mad, Madrid (2011); "TNF-VLC", Galería La Perrera, Valencia (2010); "Por una cartografía de lo intermedio", L’ Estruch, Sabadell (2009); "Ikas-Art", Encuentro de Arte Universitario, Bilbao (2008); “8.1: Distorsiones. Documentos Naderías. Relatos.”, CAAM Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (2007).