ART in NATURE: Aldeaduero, Spain – Angel Orensanz Territory

Art in Nature and the ‘Orensanz Territory’ – Aldeaduero, Spain

News Update: Angel Orensanz at Aldeaduero, Spain – March 2014

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Angel Orensanz with the President of the Council of Salamanca Javier Iglesias at the dedication of the Orensanz Territory.

This past Monday, March 17, 2014, we at the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts celebrated the inauguration of the “art in nature”-focused Orensanz Territory in Aldeaduero, Spain. The distinguished honor was bestowed upon sculptor Angel Orensanz in respect to his commissioned environmental art work in the beautiful regional landscape of the Spanish countryside.

Since the release of this announcement, photo documentation has poured in from the Spanish media coverage of the Aldeaduero region and the Orensanz Territory. Television and Online News reporters swarmed to the artist and the honored guests in attendance for the inauguration which included the President of the Council of Salamanca, Javier Iglesias and the Director of Tourism for Castilla and Leon.

Scroll down for the latest images of this incredibly special event.

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Angel Orensanz presents a copy of his book and other publications to President of the Council Javier Iglesias.

Press and honoree Angel Orensanz congregate beneath the artist’s “Mountain Sculpture.”

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Gathering of media attendants documenting the inaugural speech at the Orensanz Territory.

Sculptor Orensanz addresses the media in Aldeaduero.

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Sculptor Angel Orensanz converses Castilla and Leon TV, under the watchful eyes of the President of the council, Javier Iglesias.

For more information about Territory Orensanz, art in nature, and the artist’s long history with the region of Aldeaduero, Spain, check out the newest Winter 2014 issue of ARTSCAPE Magazine, available now online or in print!

Aldeaduero, Spain: ART NEWS – The Angel Orensanz Territory

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Sculptor Angel Orensanz inspects the gorgeous views of Aldeaduero, Spain.

Aldeaduero, Spain Celebrates the Opening of the “Angel Orensanz Territory.”

March 17, 2014

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Today, the city of New York celebrates St. Patrick’s Day through a blur of emerald sequins, shamrocks, certain green-tinted beverages, and of course, the grand tradition of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade that has drawn audiences to the streets of the city for over 250 years.

Southeast of the excitement that currently emanates from Fifth Avenue and 44th Street in Manhattan, the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts celebrates another milestone in the career of its founding artist and sculptor Angel Orensanz. On this day in Aldeaduero, Spain, the local government establishes the “Territory Orensanz” along the famed banks of the river Duero.

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A series of sculptures by Angel Orensanz in Aldeduero, Spain.

The ceremony kicks off in Aldeaduero, Spain at 1pm this afternoon and will be attended by honoree Angel Orensanz, as well as His Excellency the President of the Council of Salamaca, Francisco Javier Garcia Iglesias and the Director General of Tourism of Castilla and Leon, Javier Ramirez Utrilla. Mayors and members of civil authority of the Portuguese-Spanish border countries as well as provincial, regional, and national representatives of Spain congregate for an official presentation of the environmental art installations of Angel Orensanz in the region.

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A series of sculptures by Angel Orensanz in Aldeaduero, Spain.

The work presented in Aldeaduero, Spain was installed by Orensanz with heavy influences of film production and large-scale industrial architecture. The iconic platform upon which the pieces operate serve as “proto-structures with references to ancient structures and instruments” such as Totems or trees that recall both archaic use and futuristic technology. 

These tubular elements with which Orensanz utilizes space have an expressive value about them which is highly poetic, almost musical. In this way does the art work in tandem with the regional climate of Aldeaduero, Spain – one of water, body, wind and clouds, and especially timelessness.

From the Aldeaduero, Spain regional tourism website:

“Facing the background of the physical universe, this language of Orensanz, as a minimal archetype, becomes an humanistic and idealistic sculpture : one that mimics nature but does not seek to represent her entirely.Its value is that of all human endeavor, conscious of its own limits and its own outputs. It is a language in which to contemplate the human being can be sublimated in beauty and find a new hope.”

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View of the Aldeaduero river in Spain, with sculpture by Angel Orensanz in the foreground.

Angel Orensanz continues his long artistic career as one of the pioneer creatures of the new century, and this step in Spain of establishing the Territorio Orensanz solidifies his identity as a “global artist.”At present, Orensanz’s work continues from his studio Paris, as well as here at the Foundation on Norfolk Street,  in Manhattan, New York. Both sites will continue to serve in correspondence with one another, as aglobal showcase linked to the installations in Aldeaduero

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Sculptor Angel Orensanz creates a work of living photo-art with patient donkey in Aldeaduero, Spain.








In the Steps of Gargallo: Figurative Monuments in Metal Sculpture

In the Steps of Gargallo: Figurative Monuments in Metal Sculpture  

By: Al Orensanz, PhD., Director - Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts  

Abstract or figurative? This was the disjunction with which all the artists of the time were faced, and even though pictorial modernity in Spain had for some time already been inclined to informalism, sculpture artist Angel Orensanz followed the cautious steps of his admired Pablo Gargallo and Julio González, and those of so many other more recent sculptors that also vacillated between the abstract or figurative.

This was especially true if such artists aspired to dedicate themselves to monumental sculpture, since this type of commission is almost always given by the authorities, who in the Spain of that time were not as open and modern as some more advanced private or corporate patrons.

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Monumento a la Jacetania. Ángel Orensanz. Monumental sculpture. 1969.

It is thus not at all surprising that it was for a private collector, owner of a sculpture park in Bellaterra (Barcelona), that the first totally abstract exempt monument erected by Angel Orensanz emerged in 1969: a menhir of 7 meters in height which he executed in two blocks of stone, working by carving directly into grooves and irregularities, which this time were not reserved only to the upper parts, but also extended throughout the lower parts.

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“Monumenta a la Jota” – Angel Orensanz. Sculpture. 1970. Spain.

In contrast, on September 25, 1970, feast day of the patron saint of the village, Angel ORensanz inaugurated in Albalate del Arzobispo (Teruel) his Monumento a la Jota (Monument to the Jota), in which for a change the abstract geometries remained confined to a tall poured-cement podium.

This serves simultaneously as a backdrop for the ground level statue of a well-built singer of jotas, and as a podium on which are raised those of a pair of young dancers: they are once again hieratic figures —something striking in the representation of joteros, even though the dance of Albalete is known for its grace.   They are formed of geometric planes, like those of the Saragossan monuments to the Mother and to Tío Jorge; but this time Orensanz uses for the first time cut and welded steel plates, marking out planes and hollows in a style derivative of the cubism which was so widespread in the Spain of the transition and the start of democracy, one of whose most tenacious exponents would be the Aragonese José Gonzalvo. This said, the model for this solemn mastery in the evocation of volume based on plates and striking hollows was none other than Pablo Gargallo, Aragonese sculptor well known to Orensanz, since he had dedicated to Gargallo,

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“The Great Prophet.” 1933 (bronze) – Pablo Gargallo. Sculpture.

We can say that Gargallo’s splendid Gran Profeta (Great Prophet) has, as adopted sons, two colossi of imposing beards and manes made by Angel Orensanz for the cities of Jaca and Monzón.   The Monumento a la Jacetania (Monument to the Lands of Jaca), raised in 1969 in the square of Biscós in Jaca, is a gigantic titan 7 meters in height and more than two tons in weight, which represents in concrete and steel a pilgrim of the Road to Santiago. The figure’s facial expression shares the limelight with a model of the cloister of the monastery of San Juan de la Peña carried in an offertory gesture with arms outstretched, also in steel. In the lower part, below an oculum of Romanesque reminiscences, the pillars that evoke his body have on each side of a split which represents the Aragon river crosssing the Jacetania in vertical alignment, four sculptural vignettes decorated with fired-enamel gold paint, in which are paid homage other typical elements of the region.

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“Monumento a la Jacetania.” Sculpture. Angel Orensanz.

These include the Holy Grail of San Juan de la Peña, the Cathedral of Jaca, The Book of La Cadena and musical instruments—and also a modern industry as well as an skier (of which he also made a larger version, with welded iron plates, which has been in the exhibition Los Orensanz de Orensanz).

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“Monumento a Joaquín.” Costa Monzón, Huesca, Spain. Angel Orensanz. Sculpture. 1978.

His Monumento a Joaquín Costa (Monument to Joaquín Costa) in his native city of Monzón is also colossal: in this case the homage to Gargallo’s largest and most well known sculpture is even more evident, since the celebrated deputy raises his arms like a prophet preaching. This imagery is not typical in any picture of Costa, but is very appropriate for the staging of the “Grito del Agua”, when every September 14th social groups of all kinds gather before the monument in homage to the great apostle of regeneration and irrigation. His strange gesticulating figure in plates of enameled steel presides over the Avenue of Lérida from a podium of coffered concrete, before some pillars, also of concrete, which serve as a visual backdrop on the other side of the fountain.

Once again then, a very stage-like composition in two parts, like in the monuments to Tío Jorge and the Jota, although the style here is already very different, much more abstract than figurative, since it is of much later date, for it was inaugurated by the local authorities on September 21, 1978, as is stated on the identifying plaque. This same plaque alludes to the financing of the work by CAMPZAR, a savings entity which a few years later would place works by Ángel Orensanz in front of their Saragossa headquarters.