Local bars and pubs are integral to Spanish social life; they are places to gather together to connect or celebrate events. At a typical Spanish bar, people stop by for a drink before or during lunch, or at the finish of the workday to meet with friends. Various types of Spanish bars include: las cafeterias (offering coffee, pulgas, pitufos or small sandwiches, toastadas or toast, churros and traditional hot chocolate), las tabernas (offering meals in an informal context at the bar or at one of few tables) and los chiringuitos (bars found on or adjacent to one of Spain’s many beaches).
One of the most well-known landmarks where Buljevich’s work is featured is Restaurante Botin in Madrid. Founded in 1725, Botín is one of the world’s oldest restaurants and features a stunning array of original period architectural elements which Buljevich has captured with his miniatures.
To introduce his work in the U.S., Buljevich created ‘Alma de España’ (Soul of Spain) for the Spring 2015 exhibition at D. Thomas Fine Miniatures. This piece is based on a compilation of various Spanish pubs with the intention of conveying the style, décor and sensibility of the typical, classic Spanish pub.
His motivating credo is simple: ‘Every piece I create should show life and tell a special story and to capture the very essence and soul of that structure.’ Yet, his creative process is anything but simple. He estimates he has spent more than 900 hours to create Alma de España using a variety of materials he categorizes as ‘improvisation.’ Wood, cardboard, acrylic polyurethane, polystyrene and an assortment of recycled materials including used soda cans, food containers, broken bijouterie (old trinkets, jewelry, other tattered adornments), old screws, rusty nails and anything else found at the bottom of a drawer are key elements. For example, to create the ‘choperas’ (the tap used to serve beer) he used an old auto tire valve. And for each of the 400+ liquor bottles on the bar Hernán begins by hand-carving a wood model and then molds individual bottles using resin and then finally painting each by hand with traditional markings.
This attention to detail, along with his interesting use of textures, colors and finishes is unique in the world of miniatures. The feelings which the viewer walks away with, are unparalleled in the world of miniature art.
D. Thomas Fine Miniatures is pleased to present a sample of the incredible work of Hernán Buljevich starting now until the end of July 2015.
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By Darren T. Scala