"I'm trying to draw sculpture," says David Moreno. The Barcelonian artist works with wood, plastic, steel - and piano strings - to create structures that look like the doodles of an architect, only in three dimensions.
Moreno's sculptures are like sketches. They represent an imaginary architecture that stand halfway between 3D-model and crafted object, between concept and realization. This is why the works appear so weightless: they seem not entirely materialized. They still belong to the realm of thought. One could say it's an architecture that hasn't given up on the dreams and fantasies of the architect. Perhaps not given up on some utopian purpose either. After all architecture is endowed with a social and collective aura, and in that sense has always been connected to the aspirations of people and societies.
David Moreno's work evokes for us something of an ideal, be it a political ideal, or one of a more individual and intimate nature. The allegorical buildings of the Catalan artist are castles in the air, Don Quixote’s windmills, mirages that quiver and sparkle under the gaze of the beholder.
And indeed David Moreno's works have a kinetic feel. The eye gets lost in all these hatches and interstices that let the sun filter through. And so the artist appears to agree with Le Corbusier's famous phrase: "Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light."
David Moreno was born in Barcelona in 1978. An architect by training, he soon devoted himself to his artistic practice. Since 2006, he has exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. He now lives and works between Rotterdam and Barcelona.