Carlos Sagrera Patterns

Carlos Sagrera on Patterns: ‘In 2012 I found photos of my grandparents house from the 70’s, the images showing the empty rooms of the house they were about to move in to. After they passed away these images motivated me to start a series of paintings based on the rooms I knew so well my entire life.

I decided to take pictures of the spaces from the same angle as those of the 70’s. Comparing these images that spanned a 40-year period made me realize the multi-dimensionality that could serve me in my work. It visualizes how time passes by and leaves it’s traces by means of new arrangements; updating the furniture, changing the patterns of the wallpaper and modernizing the necessities over time. The floorboards showing traces of where furniture once had stood as well as the walls revealing where paintings and shelves used to hang or cabinets had been placed. The peeled paint and small cracks all a result of domestic life that had taken place in these rooms. Even without the presence of human life their behavioral patterns were clearly revealed.

The series paintings I based on these images made me reflect on the passing of time, finding a way to deal with the slowly fading memories of my own childhood.

Up to this day I still use these images but in my recent work I’ve also incorporated pictures of other spaces I’ve lived in or those of friends.

By working with spaces I know intimately I can not only collect the physical information but also incorporate my memories and experiences I’ve had there. The use of photos creates a certain distance between the subject matter and myself yet serve as a catalyst of memories, however selective they may be in the passing of time. This gives me the opportunity to go deeper into the image, highlighting certain elements in a detailed realism, working on the light and color temperature, talking about a vanishing testimony of the past’.

 

Holidays III, 2018

  • acryl on canvas
  • 36 x 27 cm
Holidays III

painting the bathroom V, 2017

  • acrylic on canvas
  • 28 x 21 cm
painting the bathroom V

Inhabited I, 2018

  • acryl on canvas
  • 24 x 18 cm
Inhabited I

Inhabited II, 2018

  • acryl on canvas
  • 24 x 18 cm
Inhabited II

Fitting, 2018

  • acryl on canvas
  • 33 x 24 cm
Fitting

After the yellow, 2018

  • acryl on canvas
  • 33 x 24 cm
After the yellow

Sitting room II, 2018

  • acryl on canvas
  • 24 x 18 cm
Sitting room II

Last room, 2018

  • acryl on canvas
  • 37 x 52 cm
Last room

Kitchen shrine, 2017

  • acryl on canvas
  • 24 x 18 cm
Kitchen shrine

Tunnel

  • acrylic on canvas
  • 100 x 60 cm
Tunnel

Stacking II, 2018

  • acrylic on canvas
  • 190 x 140 cm
Stacking II

Patterns, 2018

  • acryl on canvas
  • 130 x 90 cm
Patterns

Postcolonial I, 2018

  • acryl on canvas
  • 33 x 24 cm
Postcolonial I

Postcolonial II, 2018

  • acryl on canvas
  • 33 x 24 cm
Postcolonial II

Routine, 2018

  • acryl on canvas
  • 28 x 46 cm
Routine

Semi-furnished, 2018

  • acrylic on canvas
  • 37 x 46 cm
Semi-furnished

3, 2017

  • acrylic on canvas
  • 33 x 24 cm
3

The Pink Panther, 2018

  • acryl on canvas
  • 140 x 150 cm
The Pink Panther

Training, 2018

  • acryl on canvas
  • 33 x 24 cm
Training

Triptych, 2018

  • acryl on canvas
  • 40 x 40 cm
Triptych

Warm, 2018

  • acryl on canvas
  • 33 x 24 cm
Warm

Vanishing, 2017

  • acrylic on canvas
  • 130 x 130 cm
Vanishing

Crooked cupboard, 2018

  • acryl on canvas
  • 40 x 30 cm
Crooked cupboard

Trastero, 2016

  • acrylic on canvas
  • 43 x 58 cm
Trastero

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