Gabriel Díaz Amunarriz
This Navarre artist, who defines himself as ‘conceptual and a craftsman’, draws on the landscape as a source of inspiration for his investigations and calls the pieces he makes using pure sculptural materials ‘objectual remains’. In Sé, one work that fits this description, highly polished marble is presented as a wall element that appears almost to levitate, the stone purged of its original weight. During a period of his career when he worked as a sculptor, the problem of space and its fluidity defined the poetics behind his pieces. His interest in pure materials led him to try and overcome the restrictions imposed by such media as he pursued immateriality, seeking to push beyond the physical constraints imposed by their weight and volume. During his years as a sculptor, he produced forms that were always beautiful, in harmony with the artistic norms of classical order—pieces ultimately intended to provide visual and sensory pleasure. His artistic practice always took him close to the root of the work, its essence, as he strove to achieve invisibility via the abstract. Given Díaz’s attraction to nature—a constant in his work and his tracking of the sublime—exploration outside the studio became more important in his artistic practice. Over time he moved away from sculpture and installation work to pursue his investigations through video and photography, media better suited to the sense of spiritual enquiry he wishes to convey. This interest has taken him on journeys akin to pilgrimages to holy places, where he seeks inspiration to drive his creativity, which in recent years has been expressed through short video pieces.