PALBO VALBUENA used light as his primary material to investigate space and perception of space, at a location ubiquitous with urban life: A Parking Garage. In focusing on a structure that is fundamental and basic to our daily lives, his project addressed how we relate and perceive our surroundings.
Valbuena's project titled, N27°57’00” W82°27’41”, served as an investigation of light, space and perception. For this temporary installation, Valbuena used light as a physical material, and gave the perception of building space in the way that bricks build walls.
"I am interested in using light as a physical material, suitable for building space like concrete or bricks. I use video projection with perspective and anamorphosis techniques to build ‘perceptual extensions’ of the actual physical space, extending the limits of what is physically real to what is perceptually real." When projecting the same physical geometry on top of itself, the light qualities of the projection get altered, and it is possible to "physically change how space is perceived".
(still image of projection)
Pablo Valbuena (Madrid, 1978) develops artistic projects and research focused on space, time and perception.Some key elements of the construction of his work are the overlap of physical and virtual space, the generation of mental spaces by the viewer, the dissolution of the limit between real and perceived, the unity of time and space or the use of light and projection as a the prime matter of his work.
He has presented his work recently at the 5th International Seoul Biennale (Seoul, Korea), Museum of the Moving Image (New York), Ok Center for Contemporary Art (Austria), Laboral Centro de Arte (Spain), Netherlands Media Arts Institute (Amsterdam), BankArt (Japan), Matadero Madrid (Spain), Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei (Taiwan), at the gallery Max Estrella in Madrid and other exhibitions and public art projects in Singapore, Canada, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, USA, Brazil and Spain.
His large site-specific interventions in the public space have been seen in The Hague City Hall (the Netherlands), Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico City), Plaza de las Letras-Medialab Prado (Madrid), Murcia City Hall (Spain) or Vooruit-Ghent University (Belgium).