Javier Rodríguez Lozano
“In mid 2018, I started working with the doormats of my building in a project called ‘Lope de Rueda, 31’, which is the street and number where I live in Madrid.
I did it in a bit of a shy way, almost as the job of a gossiping neighbour. A few months before I had already begun to notice these trampled and forgotten objects, the formal and pictorial interest of their designs, as well as the symbolism they contain as a preamble to the home. On furtive trips to the landing I used to document those mats that were to be painted, took photos of them and measured them. In a more anthropological part of my work I felt a little like Georges Perec in ‘Life: A User's Manual’, writing the stories of some neighbours of a building, but even more I felt like a character from Aquí no hay quien viva or 13, Rue del percebe.
Who would have thought that two years later we would be confined to our homes for more than two months due to a worldwide pandemic... During this time the landing has been transformed several times, at times into a hostile place full of sneaky and informing looks, at other times into a place of exchange and help.
We have been forced to look only at those doormats that inhabit our buildings, which welcome no one but their owners. Asking ourselves who our neighbors are and whether we really know them. We have missed those in the homes of our friends and family.
Now, as we move towards a new reality, we can gradually visit those buildings of the beloved ones, rediscovering their landings and doormats, eager to receive visitors again.”
Javier Rodríguez Lozano
5º C (Lope de Rueda, 31)
oil on canvas
150 x 85 cms
this is a unique piece
About the work
These works are part of a project where I explore the visual language of the doormats of the building in which I have lived for 9 years: Lope de Rueda, 31.
Right between our urban and domestic environment, there is the doormat, an everyday and ignored object, but one that possesses powerful symbolic and formal charges.
With my work, through painting, I catalogue and order this autobiographical imaginary.
The project, centered on the formal, pictorial aspect of the doormat compositions, has a strong political component: my work consists of missing and abstracting this object, in order to apprehend it with new eyes. In this way we can rethink the emotional and identity ties behind this object, such as the image we project of ourselves in the community spaces and the interpersonal relationships that take place there.
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Javier Rodríguez Lozano (Madrid, 1992)
Javier Rodríguez Lozano has a Degree in Fine Arts and a Master's Degree in Research in Art and Creation, both from the Complutense University of Madrid. For a year he was part of Jean-Marc Bustamante's class at the AdBK in Munich. He has held various workshops with artists such as Cristina Iglesias, Juan Luis Moraza and Fernanda Fragateiro, as well as with curators such as David G. Torres.
His artistic practice focuses on the visual and material language of the space between our urban and domestic environment, where the private and community spheres overlap. In this interstice, Rodriguez Lozano’s projects arise from small, subtle and marginal everyday phenomena. Despite being overlooked on a daily basis, they have great symbolic value, mainly of an identity nature. This has led him to work with elements as diverse as doormats, curtains, graffiti and cats.
He has exhibited individually at the Fran Reus Gallery, Palma; Bacelos Gallery, Madrid. And collectively in Espacio OTR, Madrid; Casal Solleric, Palma; MAC, Coruña; Sala de Arte Joven, Madrid; Fran Reus Gallery, Palma; Sala Amadís, Madrid, among others.
He has recently won the VII Production Prize from the Banco Santander Foundation OpenStudio and will soon be doing a residence in Hangar (Lisbon, Portugal).