Lyon | December 2022
A DEEP GEOMETRIC LANDSCAPE
The name Parc de la Tête d'Or comes from an ancient legend about a buried treasure containing a golden mask.
For Javier Riera, the legend of the Parc is a poetic metaphor for the presence of psychic energy on the site. There is a buried golden light, radiating from an unknown place, which resonates with the image of the light hidden inside each of us.
Over a length of almost a hundred metres, the artist imagines a projection based on an intuitive and organic connection with nature. Consisting of a long animated sequence of evolving geometric patterns, it reveals an abstract, deep, mathematical world, whose shapes are carefully studied to create an experience of immense sensory openness.
In Javier Riera's work, nature is understood as a space of knowledge, a zone of connection necessary for human equilibrium on earth, which has been lost but can be recovered.
Although the visual aspect of the place is important to the artist, a large part of his creative process is concerned with the history of the landscape, including the people who inhabit or visit it. This information enables him to develop an original motif or structure, while retaining a more global memory of the place as the work develops.
His luminous creations, projected directly onto the vegetation and terrain, are based on an experience of direct intervention in the "space and time of the landscape". Riera's work is part of the Land Art movement, to which he adds the principle of absolute respect for space. His interventions with light are ephemeral and leave no trace on the landscape.
Riera's geometry is understood as a natural language that predates matter, capable of establishing a kind of subtle and revealing resonance with it.
The geometric lines with which the artist works are produced in a mathematical programme. They are derived from equations that incorporate Fibonacci sequences, the golden ratio and other numerical features found in nature and botany. He works with the mathematics laboratory at the University of Salamanca.