NI TODO PARA EL ALMA NI TODO PARA EL CUERPO - Paco Guillén
10 December - 16 January
This is the most revolting thing I have ever seen
A colloquial phrase, any event can lose at the time, or later under scrutiny, that which makes it intense.
He draws like someone taking a snapshot. He brings an immediacy to the relationship between what is happening and the ideas. It will lose its interest and become senseless in an instant. Every drawing arises with the need of right now.
To cast doubt upon the excess of realism, to think in photo-drawing is to visualize a realistic representation. But the art of drawing brings itself closer to the idea, distancing itself from the imagined reality. And in this case coming to have a certain reality in that the effort to draw with the need for immediacy is required to be able to grasp hold of the instant. I don’t want to say now, but to draw it without corrections without clarifications, nor notes in the margin.
Words complete that which a drawing is unable to say. A drawing completes that which words cannot encompass.
Direct drawings, without concessions, which show the absurd aspects of our society.
The images superimpose themselves as a by-product of other activities, even drawings that want to be another image.
Museums, critics and galleries while legitimising and protecting drawings of what is real, are unable to smother the indigestibility of these drawings, unable to neutralize them.
On one hand there are phrases that leave us defenceless, on the other hand “freedom for Inopia” and others have words that open the door to the emotional, the mystical, literary, intellectual,… as does the title of this exhibition:
“Not all for the soul Nor all for the body”
Hahahahahaha in the end it becomes clear to me – you can’t do everything
Inevitably I want to choose those that reassure my mind, that open doors. But they are the drawings that leave me with nothing to say, drawings that I cannot clarify nor explain why I feel they are important to me. Those that point out the need to examine what it is that makes me contemporary, removed from the sustenance of memory, putting me in question.
But the words in a drawing are not just meaning or stylisation. Paco Guillen emphasized to me the importance of the sound when the phrase is spoken.
The viewer is obliged to represent, and as he is unable to avoid it, to read the situation, sometimes ridiculous, humiliating, or neutral…
“ I like it, it gives me a certain pleasure to imagine the viewer speaking the phrase… like for a musician when people sing their songs”
There are phrases which require a sound, and do not just carry meaning.
This, as with the repeated gestures of the (obliged) viewer or speech act as one more facet of his drawings. As much as drawing with pencil or ink.