Tension, redundancy, minimalism and brutalism: Gregorio Peño’s work has the full potential of art. Born in 1983 in Villafranca de Los Caballeros, Toledo (Spain), he has already collected a striking number of accolades – from an Honorable Mention at the 2014 International Ceramics Festival in Mino, Japan, to the special award as Best Young Artist at the 22nd Biennale of Contemporary Ceramics in Vallauris, France in 2012.
In his “Compresiones 5” series, Peño explores the potential of clay, overturning its ductility by pressing solid elements on it with an elastic band. The resulting shapes fluctuate between tension, balance, order and chaos. Glass, usually used in liquid form to glaze clay, is here a cold, solid surface whose rigidity contrasts with the sinuous shapes around it. It all makes for a game of volumes and silhouettes that seems to change the nature of matter itself, capturing the observer’s eye.