“The metaphor alone furnishes an escape; between the real things, it lets emerge imaginary reefs, a crop of floating islands.”
Jose Ortega y Gasset
The Dehumanization of Art and Ideas about the Novel
According to Ortega’s theory, the metaphor is born in the human instinct to avoid realities. A simplistic but effective way to describe what follows in his thoughts about art would be to say that this instinct is also the motor of contemporary art, a motor refueled with the creative power of the metaphor.
Leaving aside the philosophical discussion about the correctness of these words we will keep playing with them to build a sort of homage, using the power of the metaphor to construct another layer of reality. Imaginary Reefs is an invented reality, a created symbol that describes the metaphor itself and taking this as a starting point, we will freely interpret and create beyond.
According to Ortega’s theory, the metaphor is born in the human instinct to avoid realities. Could this instinct also be considered the motor of contemporary art? A motor that is refueled with the creative power of symbols and visual allegories.
In Imaginary Reefs, we will address the power of the metaphor in order to construct yet another layer of invented reality. Through this furnished escape, our aim is to construct an analogy that describes the metaphor itself and allows us to pay homage and interpret the real world. During this transdisciplinary artistic project, we will freely drift towards the imaginary reefs and create beyond.
Curated by Ana Sanfrutos and Lorena Juan