Soledad Sevilla. Fictional spaces. Work 1969 - 1980

Venue: Ana Mas Projects
Carrer Isaac Peral, 7
08902 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat
Price: Free event

Ana Mas Projects is pleased to present Fictional Spaces. Work 1969-1980, Soledad Sevilla’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition, which recovers one of the most significant periods of the artist’s production, brings together a set of paintings and works on paper from this period; germinal moments in which the characteristic universe of variations of lines and nets that will mark her artistic work throughout her career is consolidated.

The way in which Soledad Sevilla (Valencia, 1944) conceives the exhibited works is unique and, in a certain way, the successions of drawings that form the work groups reveal it. Nets, patterns and grids originally born of precision and technical mastery are suddenly compromised by the artist’s sensitivity and intuition when applying a rich game of variations based on the deletion and addition of elements, turns, translations and chromatic alterations, mutating towards new and unsuspected configurations endowed with an undoubted rhythm and dynamism.

Undoubtedly, the participation of Soledad Sevilla in the seminar Automatic Generation of Plastic Forms of the Calculus Center of the University of Madrid between 1968 and 1973 was decisive in the development of this concern for geometry and the purity of lines and colors embodied in modular structures. Interests that the artist will perfectly reflect in the dossier that she will present for the scholarship of the Comité Conjunto Hispano-Norteamericano para Asuntos Educativos y Culturales and thanks to which, she was able to move to Boston between 1980 and 1982 where she would come into contact with the mental universe of American visual arts and especially minimalism, and that would lead her to produce what would be one of her most decisive stages.

Thus, some of the works in the exhibition are built from simple linear elements strategically located in the plane. Others, from the multiplication and superposition of nets and grids that seem to aspire not only to fill the pictorial space but to go beyond the frame and go further, evoking an infinite multiplication. In this sense, Soledad Sevilla’s commitment to space is clear, since the lines that she traces, despite being two-dimensional in themselves, demonstrate a clear expansive will. In fact, it would not be nonsense to think of these lines as the nascent or primitive state of the installations that the artist will  produce later, in which graphite or ink are replaced by copper and cotton thread and which will mean the definitive occupation of the exhibition space.

Drawing and line as an expressive element become in these works, on the one hand, a tool for understanding the world, a method through which to process thoughts, shape intuitions, sensations or energies, and translate them into tangible language; and on the other, as a tool that generates fictional spaces, to redesign the world by creating spaces of illusion that present us, as even more illusory, any real space.

Text: Loida de Vargas




Soledad Sevilla. Espais ficticis. Obra 1969 – 1980