Lorenzo Belenguer

Foundation Studies (Art and Design) 2003

London College of Communication

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I was born in Valencia. After graduating in Economics, it became clear to me that I needed for a change of direction. In the quest for this, I took the opportunity to travel. I spent some time in Paris and then, on coming to England, I eventually moved to London. This became the place where my career as an artist took shape; I became involved in mounting and participating in exhibitions in unorthodox spaces. This gave me the freedom to develop my own artistic expression.



Lorenzo Belenguer's work straddles the realms of sculpture, painting and drawing. In one area of his practice, he transforms metal objects into sculptures that evolve from the visual rhetoric of Minimalism and double as ‘canvases’.
Belenguer is like a hunter who trawls the city for found objects, sometimes sourced as locally as the back garden of the studios' church. The work is then dictated by his discoveries, which include steel grids, a mattress reduced to its mesh of springs, and blacksmiths' tools. These he reads as masculine objects. He intervenes with these structures by oxidising the metal elements in salt water or acids and dabbing them with paint of primary colours. This transforms how the objects are read, emphasising the points at which layers of meaning converge. For example, the artist paints the cone of an old anvil a vivid yellow, thereby morphing it into phallic form. In "Homage to Pollock" a spring mattress becomes a three-dimensional, and strangely fluid, abstract canvas (Kathy Battista, Director, Contemporary Art at Sotheby's).

This use of found objects can also be seen metaphorically in his series of drawings based on fashion adverts. Within this series he finds and focuses on the individual within those fashion adverts. These drawings were selected for a group show at the Tate Modern in May 2010.

Another avenue of experimentation in his practice is with the use of prints of masterpieces by Constable, Whistler, Murillo and other painters of Pastoral scenes that exploit rural nostalgia. Belenguer attempts to deconstruct and reconstruct images that belonged to the collective consciousness of people by interrupting the tricks that the artist uses with the imposition of bits of metal and oils on key figures of the painting.

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