Quixote ilustráu is not only an exhibition of illustrations. It is also documentation and analysis of the creative process of each image created for a publishing milestone in Asturias: the publication (Ed Laria, 2015) of the first complete translation in Asturian language of a cornerstone of world literature, L’ inxeniosu fidalgu Don Quixote de La Mancha.
CCAI (Centro de Cultura Antiguo Instituto, Gijón). Exhibition Hall – 2nd floor lobby, Friday April 22 to Sunday May 15, 2016 (Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00-21:00 h; Saturday, 9:00-14:00 / 16:00-21:00 h; Sundays and holidays, 10:00-14:00 h).
Quixote ilustráu is a journey through atmospheres, situations and characters recreated by Juan Hernaz to accompany the first complete edition in Asturian language of the novel, published by Editorial Laria in 2015. A visual and textual journey from the process of creative work carried Hernaz out by interpreting in pictures the words written (and not written) by Cervantes. The exhibition includes big HQ digital prints (Giclée Fine Art, museum quality) of the two series of illustrations developed, specially printed only for exhibition.
The exhibition is completed with almost twenty panels, deepening the educational dimension through the analysis of the conceptual and technical characteristics of each image as well as originals and reproductions of sketches, notebooks and text excerpts annotated by the author. An exhibition focused in the work proccess, undressing the work of an illustrator by placing the emphasis on work dynamics rather than the final result.
A tour of the process at all stages, from the documentation and the first readings to the original illustrations in graphite, through all the preparatory sketches that is, according to Juan Hernaz, “the most interesting part of the job, all the intimate and hidden that rarely transcends: where all trips nest, and small successes too… all the essence of the final work and where we can find the devices that give its own character to each image, everything that allows us to learn, progress, overcome.”
The exhibition, which condenses the work carried out between November 2014 and March 2015, was inaugurated on Friday April 22, the eve of the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, in the exhibition hall lobby 2nd floor of the CCAI (Culture Centre ‘Old Institute’ in Gijon). The opening ceremony featured the theatrical participation of David Varela playing the hurdy-gurdy (as an old rogue blind), and Ana Morán in the role of Maritornes. The exhibition will be open until Sunday 15 May.