Oct 28th 2016

ARTSPACE 8 is proud to announce Raíces, a new exhibition of paintings and mixed-media works from internationally-renowned artist and actor Jordi Mollà. The opening reception will be held on Friday, October 28th, from 7 to 9 pm.

As an artist with multiple embodiments of craft – painter, actor, writer, filmmaker – Mollà regularly draws inspiration for his varied projects and the creative process itself. Raíces is the result of Molla’s latest artistic incarnation. Raíces (Roots) nods to the artist’s Spanish heritage. His use of color exudes the vibrancy of Spain’s rich culture while his confrontational and sometimes aggressive composition underline its turbulent history.

The series of works from Raíces reference Art Informel, the movement championed by Antoni Tápies. The postwar movement abandoned geometric abstraction in favor of intuitive, gestural abstraction. Mollà breathes new life into Tápies social themes, tactile texture, and Spanish heritage while preserving their essence. Embedded Spanish script, spray paint, and mixed media propel these works into Mollà contemporary world.

For me, it is as necessary as breathing. I am an actor because I am a painter; I am a painter because I am a film director; and I am a writer because I am an actor, and all disciplines are part of my day, wherever I am . . . Creating for me is a way of living. In fact, it is life.

– Jordi Molla

JORDI MOLLÀ was born in Barcelona, Spain, and trained in acting at the Barcelona Institute of Theatre. He went on to further his studies in Italy, Hungary, and England. As an actor, Mollà has had a prolific and distinguished career, most notably starring in Ted Demme’s critically acclaimed Blow. Mollà has also directed a number of short and feature films and has written two books.

As an artist, Mollà, though self-taught, has honed his skills for decades and regularly exhibited at Picasso Mio Galleries, Madrid; Sotheby’s Gallery, Madrid; Galeria Carmen de la Guerra, Madrid; as well as successful international exhibits in London, Rome, Ibiza, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Mexico City, Madrid, Miami, Los Angeles, and New York. Raíces, is Mollà’s first exhibition at ARTSPACE 8.

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