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Andres Gonzalez :–Somewhere


In a small and delicate book with a cover soft like a jewel case, Andres Gonzalez has compiled photographs from indeterminate places and indefinite times. Space and temporality spread out within a vast and vague dream. Their path leads to a far-off world, like the one Judy Garland sang of. The photographs come one after the other in an emotional harmony of colors and patterns. No text interrupts this journey. Each reading leads to a new place, and is performed with eyes wide open, staring at these photographs filled with various and occasionally conflicting feelings. They exude a serenity that the texture of the paper only makes more gentle, engaging multiple senses. Brief portfolios with reduced dimensions create an undulation throughout the book, like the shape of the caressing waves overflown by a seagull at the beginning and end of a book. This symbol, associated with shots taken from an airplane, frames the book and defines it as an uncertain and unlimited journey. It can then be read in reverse, less a return flight to a known world than to an unexplored land. Attempting to describe the images, they are charged with human presence, direct or suggested, and with indexes of places explored by Andres Gonzalez over the past ten years. The variation of formats, layovers in a meditative journey, triggers attention, often aroused by monochromatic photographs. The landscapes and their inhabitants gently come alive through these visual sequences, imagined by the designer SYB. The portraits are never penetrating, intrusive, and the only head-on image in the book is that of a dog sitting on the ledge of a window. This subjective and invisible perspective, appropriated by each reader, results in an exercise of documentary abstraction, aerial, somewhere in a new photographic territory.

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