Upon entering Allouche Gallery, the eye is bombarded with bright neon pinks, oranges, and yellows coming from the clean white walls of the space. Yet despite the vivid color palette, the art of Rafa Macarron welcomes the viewer with a nostalgic and child-like energy coming from the simplified and fantastic shapes of the figures. The show features a mix of paintings, sculptures, and wall fixtures that fall somewhere between, all connected by a common style with screaming color and metallic figures.
Each work skews what is to be expected from figurative painting in a delightfully lively way. The works are inspired by the artist's readings of different philosophies as well as the bright Madrid landscape outside of his studio window play with the sense of proportion and perspective. Each figure swells and shrinks, some with large, bulbous, painted fingernails, some with a long, stringy neck, or a stretched face and bulging upper jaw.
The paintings invite one to come closer and inspect them and the viewer is rewarded with unexpected sculptural elements like spiny arm hairs, or gibbous and shiny eyeballs. Standing sculptures break up the space, encouraging movement while bringing elements from the paintings out onto the floor.
Walking around the gallery, one feels as if they are not just walking around the space viewing the art, but actively engaging with the pieces. The works interact with the space as a visitor interacts with the work; both in communication with the other and driven by curiosity.