End of August, beginning of September
A project by La casa desplegada
María Jesús González/ Patricia Gómez/ Emilio Martí
When we first look, there is a wall. Or four walls and also a floor and a roof. When we first look, a room is a room, and few people stop to think about anything more than that, except to consider decorating the space.
When we first look. At such a simple level of vision (but necessary because it is so trivial), so simple that it is nearly nonexistent. We take for granted the walls and the rooms which are made by the walls, in a way that our vision gets around them: we imagine what they will look like when we add objects to the emptiness, when we hang pictures on the walls and lamps from the roof, when we carpet the floor. In short, when we live in the rooms.
When we first look, we travel around the world missing much of it. Daily life forces us to adopt this kind of pragmatic sight; but it is so superficial that it is nearly nonexistent. The mission of the artist, we are sometimes told, is to teach us to see the world in another way. Artists swallow images and experiences, they observe and translate what they see for eyes which are not so trained. This is what María Jesús González and Patricia Gómez have been doing with walls for several years: they deeply scrutinise the surfaces which are walls; they see much further than their surface.
But when we look deeply, nevertheless we always start in the immediate. There is no other possibility: to see the stars we look to the sky which spreads out above us. Patricia and María Jesús look at the walls, carefully, paying attention to what every crack and chip have to tell. Having the privilege of watching them work is to witness the development of a very private relationship, one between them and the walls; as they feel their way around the surface with their hands, scratch and tear out little layers of paint, they undress ―with the excitement of discovery― the colours, shapes and textures which the wall let them see when they first looked.
When María Jesús and Patricia look deeply it does not only reveal the most secret images of the walls. Their task of analysis and their good sense and artistic intuition bring to light beautiful and complex abstract compositions, paintings and paint, even though the result ―a part of which can be viewed in this exhibition― is more than that. The work of Patricia and María Jesús allows the viewer to reflect through space about time: the times we have lived or that other people lived, leaving a visible trace in the form of layers of paint which tell us about the past, about the present and, with an anticipated feeling of melancholy, about the future. A melancholy diffused by the fact that there are two artists devoted to saving from the inevitable a piece of our daily existence, in their peculiar and gigantic scrapbook.