“I think that a work of art should puzzle viewers,
make them reflect on the meaning of life”
This exhibition devoted to Moisés Gil is the result of years of research into human beings and their development in the contemporary world in different contexts of social, humanitarian, economic or identity crises. This leads to active reflection in order to rethink the present time and the fact of living in these conditions; as a consequence, the artist felt the need to make his small personal contribution to the elimination of harmful social situations.
Moisés Gil puts his representations of individuals in sculptural structures to better indicate the place of humans in the world, as a naked man with tense muscles, absorbed in thought, analysing his environment and trying to decide what to do in his own life. His characters are conceptual representations of lonely individuals, wandering aimlessly with their arms hanging down – the simple image of ordinary people and their extraordinary humanity, keeping a balance, walking as the only reasonable way to use their life force, moving forward despite the challenging problems and vicissitudes of life.
The total concept of the human being, of the world, of nature, of solidarity, of a complex society, of necessary rebelliousness, of honest commitment, of being and of nothingness, of everyday life, of utopian life projects – these are the metaphysical concepts addressed in Moisés Gil’s sculptures, with explanations, dialogues and ontologies of a world that is always around us and with which we are forced to interact throughout our whole lives.
Moisés Gil’s work can be described as philosophical and conceptual, as it encourages individuals to reflect and act in their never-ending existential struggle. It is impossible to separate art from philosophy: creation is a form of human rebellion against the absurdity of a world full of contradictions, with no meaning or coherence.
Jesús Giner i Pellicer
Extract from the text Philosophical, socialised, activist and intimate sculpture