WORKS

RAFAEL CATALÀ, DEPICTING THE EXTRAORDINARY

Prologue to the book "Rafael Català".
(Joan Martí i Castell
)

The condition of artist is horrifyingly demanding, as it means always being above or below superficiality. This is the reason that explains the arbitrary judgements to which society subjects virtuosos, fearful that one might discover the insignificant well into which it has fallen. They have been rejected because, through a material that rebels against conventional coding or decoding, they are able to construct messages that do not know the limits of the meanings to which we have become accustomed. This explains the fact that, whatever they do, they are viewed with suspicion, because there is a prevailing fear that they will go too far in revealing the sensations that cause mutiny with regard to the established order. Their work is subversive with regard to the points of reference that homogenise those of us who are subjugated.

Rafael Català has richly demonstrated that he is a creator and that he can be included in the same group as the foremost forgers of artistic reality. His is a long road, and dare I say also a winding one, because it is marked with methodic doubt. It contains the uncertainty of boldness; security is found only in the mediocrity of those who dare not pull down walls of creation and confusion, and in the process of Rafael Català's work, we find unexpected paths that superimpose in the attraction of impressions it causes. Even when it might seem more concessive with regard to certain taxonomically classified frameworks, suddenly a stroke, a line, a tone or a shape destroys any possibility of making it fit into any box, in the orthodox sense.

Much like wise scientists, he has never become stuck on any solution. His work, with its different variations and in its different registers, reaches summits where he could easily feel comfortable and satisfied. No. He leaves them behind and goes beyond. When the consistency of his work tempts him to choose self-complacency for the sake of good results, he flees from this, he escapes taking routes that even he does not know where they may lead, and he penetrates them, spiritedly, with an eagerness for discovering new messages, new formulas and, therefore, new results. In this regard, Rafael Català has already made exemplary contributions to the history of art, as long as the history of humanity itself.