Magaly Barnola-Otaola creates a wider vision of man and machine. In an extended re-conception of the topic, she reflects on the power of science and its progress. In the ‘Astronaut I’ (2011) Barnola presents the viewer with a solemn figure of an astronaut. A profuse crossing of lines and shadows delineates his sober face. He plants himself over a vast territory of imaginary maps and landscapes marked by tensional strips and dots. It is the projection of man over his cosmos, his ascension to the sidereal land through the power of the machine. The Astronaut represents the ultimate evolution of the binomial conjunction of man/machine. Man’s superlative intelligence is matched up to the absolute power of the rocket.

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