Arte de Cubanos.
Ismael R. Rodríguez.
The artist enters in to the landscape and seizes it as his own, becoming central theme of all his work. He becomes a sort of creative God that returns to the origin of the world at the exact moment in which the planet was still devoid of any life and was waiting to be populated by vegetation, filling the various landscapes.
Ismael Rodriguez is of those artists that from the start take over the landscape. His younger years were spent in the country, in a place between the sea and the mountains, and the eb and flow of his subsequent life carried him often back to these natural elements, reinforcing the assimilation started many years ago.
Ismael knows that only is possible to transfer the grandeur of a natural landscape to the limits of a picture by fully utilizing one’s imagination. Once it has been incorporated the in picture, the landscape begins to transmute it, to transform into an infinite number of possible combinations between the vegetation and the geography. From the artists hands leap improbable plant architectures and transparent images that flow from his mind through composition en ordering of the natural world.
His works can also be compared to the geometric gardens of Versailles, where the nature is organized, is made coherent; or with some landscapes of the Land-art. Only the medium changes, but the process is the same one.
His landscapes lead us to parallel realities, they haul us toward unknown worlds and that are at the same time very familiar. Places where the poetry of a landscape becomes a garden, or a garden rises to become a landscape expressing the yearning of harmony between man and nature.
His landscapes recall a series by Magritte in the visual relation that exists between a landscape, a window and a painting, where the reality of each one of these elements is confused and no longer is known which is which.
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