Vicente O. Sausor, Hitting the Target, 2007
The enormous variety of proposals tackled by Vicente Ortiz in his work over the last decade has meant that his own evolution translates into marked changes of the language codes which he uses. It has also meant that he started by questioning the means which he has never abandoned, and his interest has been progressively directed towards reality and the problems which we face in the universe of contemporarity. That is the case in the exhibition Dar en el blanco [Hitting the Target], shown at the Kessler-Battaglia gallery.
In general terms we can state that the work of Vicente Ortiz has as its central theme an exploration of the nature of video as a way of autonomous and specific artistic creation, implying a transformation of space-time referents. In this work, video-installation is used to question and make us consider the subjective perception of space and time through image. It allows us to take our time and play with the different concepts of time, in a moment in which the huge quantity and speed of the images and contents flood the sphere of what is real, already influenced by the media, and immerse us in a continuous perceptive whirlwind. It also allows us to generate a space and semantic trajectory, via the use of space through installation, which dialectically intermingles with that of the video image.
However, gradually, and in an identical way to the developments in video art as a general action artistic field, Ortizís work is found in a territory close to the subversion of the general concepts of the complex artistic universe. In this way, it moves from self-criticism and questioning to a conceptual and practical reassurance of its own territory. Therefore, on a secondary level, still questioning its own means, his interest changes and focuses on those questions with social matters in which global matters, such as war and identity, intertwine with local affairs linked to daily opposition and resistance practices.
Marina Pastor, March 2007