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Valentin González Lives and works in Madrid, Spain Adressing the viewers to a multilayered visual experience, artist Valentín Gonzalez'work provides his spectatorship with an intense, immersive experience: his body of works that we'll be discussing in the following pages, are always meaningful and successfully attempt to trigger both perceptual and cultural parameters, to start a journey through the liminal area in which inner world and perceptual outside reality find a consistent point of convergence, establishing a dilaogue between reality and symbols. One of the most impressive aspects of Gonzalez' work is the way it accomplishes the difficult task of is the way it invites the audience to dwelling upon the suggestive power of the pictures and to undergo a captivating visual experience: we are very pleased to introduce our readers to his multifaceted and stimulating artistic production

An interview by Josh Rydes, curator and Melissa C. Hilborn, curator

were part of the life that surrounded me, wich I did not consider anything special.

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At 17 I was offered the chance to learn the basics of photography, I accepted. I shared my college studies in computing with the technical and practical lessons in photography. I learned to retouch black and white negatives, to develop, to illuminate, to control different types of light, to make photographic chemicals, personalize them, retouch the developed photographs, compose, etc.; they were classical teachings that became fundamental for my creativeness later on. It was thanks to the collection of books and magazines that I read that I was able to relive the photographic evolution from its beginnings, and because of this I learned an awful lot about photography, and by studying the history of art I also learned a great deal. They were magnificent teachers. I also took my own photos, but what I did and what I saw in the new magazines I felt wasn’t enough, although I do admit that all of this helped me in my training. My relation with art, particularly with painting, had opened my

Hello Valentín and welcome to Peripheral ARTeries: before starting to elaborate about your artistic production would you like to tell us something about your background? Are there any experiences that did particularly influenced your evolution as a photographer and as a visual artist? And in particular, how does your cultural substratum inform the way you relate yourself to art making and to the aesthetic problem in general? From a very early age, I have been attracted to art, film, music and literature, and I continue to be a fervent follower of these arts. I am the son and the grandchild of photographers, I was accustomed to seeing them while at work on their commercial and creative photography. The aesthetics, the beauty and the arts are not alien to me as I have grown up with them, they

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Peripheral ARTeries // Contemporary Art Review // Special Edition  

Contemporary art review, featuring Andrea Riba • Gerdi Möller-Jansen • Valentin Gonzalez • Esther De Vlam • Marcel Harrison • Michaela Macph...

Peripheral ARTeries // Contemporary Art Review // Special Edition  

Contemporary art review, featuring Andrea Riba • Gerdi Möller-Jansen • Valentin Gonzalez • Esther De Vlam • Marcel Harrison • Michaela Macph...

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