Friday night, I was sitting at a local bar on la Rambla del Raval, when I came across a series of collages on the wall. Hung side by side, I scanned the series and instantly fell in love with every piece hanging on the dimly lit walls. Arranged using colored construction paper, cardboard and newspaper each of his abstract figures became increasingly interesting. That is when I became a fan of Jordi Estivill.
Jordi, originally born in Barcelona- is a mix media artist who uses sculptures, wood, clay, recycled materials, and random objects as his medium. His eye for detail make his pieces so captivating and original that any one of his pieces will leave you wanting more. Impressive by themselves- his true genius is evident when taking in his work as a whole. The themes in his compositions hints towards carnival performers, circus clowns, actors, exotic women from the far east and surreal characters that look at you with watchful eyes and complicated hearts. While his work has an air of familiarity, it still manages to exude his personal style and highlight his unique ability to combine color and textures.
The pieces below are part of a series named: Compositions. Made up entirely of materials found in the flea markets of Barcelona and Beijing- Jordi uses materials such as paper, cardboard, old magazine clippings to stimulate the plastic representation of different portraits of characters.
In his series “JOINTS” - Mr. Estivill has gone a step further creating art with pieces of wood found on remote beaches on the islands of Menorca and Formentera. With its worn out textures and muted tones the magic is present by the remains of fragments of the objects original colors- eroded by the sun, sea and sand. A combination that becomes visible when the pieces are inserted, combined and engaged under the direction of the artist- revealing unexpected qualities in ordinary objects.
Composición con guitarra
“Figures al jardí”
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Porrait of an ARTIST’S STUDIO