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Carlos Saura: FOTOSAURIOS,
Painted Photographs
from the “Reflejos” Collection

CoCA
Seattle WA thru Jun 20, 2006

Carlos Saura - Untitled
Carlos Saura, Untitled (2005), mixed media painting on photograph [CoCA, Seattle WA, through Jun 20]

The work of acclaimed Spanish cinematographer Carlos Saura is featured in an exhibition of over forty painted photographs at CoCA. A leading figure of Spanish cinema, Saura became known for sociological films that conveyed the repression of Fascism and effects of the Franco regime on Spanish society. In Saura’s post-Franco films, his lighter content alludes more to art, life and passion. During his lengthy and prolific career, Saura has only sporadically focused on still photography.

Carlos Saura - Untitled
Carlos Saura, Untitled (2006), mixed media painting on photograph [CoCA, Seattle WA, through Jun 20]

When he is not making films, Saura pursues painting with a capricious imagination that he emphasizes with the expressive qualities of paint. With the exception of self-portraits, none of the pieces are derived from studio imagery. This is also true with his portraits of family, friends and actors on the set, like Estrella Morente from IBERIA or Ana Torrent. The free gesture of drawing with pastels and the addition of watercolour, gouache, varnishes and wax form textural changes in lighting and colouration to what often started as black and white images. In much of the portraiture the base photo is almost entirely masked except for the powerful eyes.

Recent travels to New York and Chicago provide a framework of distinct personal moments. While urban scenes reveal the sharp realism of the photographic background, the images are balanced with the spontaneity and improvisational stroke that defines the entire body of work. Saura’s painted photographs were featured at the Havana Biennial in La Habana, Cuba earlier this year. Curated by Joseph Roberts and Alberto Navarro, the exhibit was produced in collaboration with the Spain Association of the Pacific Northwest.

www.cocaseattle.org

Allyn Cantor

Carlos Saura - Untitled
Carlos Saura, Untitled (2002), mixed media painting on photograph [CoCA, Seattle WA, through Jun 20]


Carlos Saura - Untitled
Carlos Saura, Untitled (2005-6), mixed media painting on photograph [CoCA, Seattle WA, through Jun 20]


Carlos Saura - Untitled
Carlos Saura, Untitled (2006), mixed media painting on photograph [CoCA, Seattle WA, through Jun 20]


Carlos Saura - Untitled
Carlos Saura, Untitled (2005-6), mixed media painting on photograph [CoCA, Seattle WA, through Jun 20]

 Wed, May 31, 2006