Exhibition of 09/02 – 23/03/2018
We present Phasma, José María Sicilia’s seventh exhibition at Joan Prats Gallery, where we show his recent work, with abstract works that incorporate fabrics and embroidery and whose forms come from sonograms.
The title of the exhibition, Phasma, of Greek origin, designates the spectra and apparitions and refers, in the artist’s own words, to “something that appears and disappears, a butterfly that is flapping its wings” and that “speaks of light as a fold”.
In the exhibition, along with the Phasma series, initiated in Japan, we find the series of El Instante, collages made from drawings of the last ten years, and works from the series of La Locura del ver. The process of creating this last series is linked to a sonographic technology that starts from the experiment carried out in 1801 by Thomas Young, which made it possible to detect the undulating nature of light through its diffraction by means of two grids successively removed from a light source. This experiment serves as a starting point for a computer program that allows Sicily to break down the sound to create cartographies of lines and shapes, drawing, painting, collage and embroidery compositions that result in the works of La Locura del ver.
This technology gives José María Sicilia a tool to reach a new depth. In this new development of his work we find everything that was already present in his previous artistic evolution: the strength of color, the movement of light, a taste for the organic and the process of unification and opposition that, since the eighties, showed his painting. His first production had a marked expressionist character and deepened in the monochrome of white. Later on, his career is marked by the discovery of wax as a material, by the appearance of flowers, beehives and also by photography. Sicily is a restless creator who has based his work on the questioning of form. He is an artist who interrogates, who does not accept moulds and feels the need to break the formats, summoning the emotion of the spectator.
José María Sicilia (Madrid, 1954) lives and works in Madrid. He has recently exhibited at the Museo Casa de la Moneda and Calcografía Nacional in Madrid (2017); Musée Delacroix in Paris (2015), Palacete del Embarcadero in Santander (2014); Matadero de Madrid and Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art (2013); Hospital de la Caridad in Seville (2012); Maison Erasme in Brussels and Amos Anderson Art Museum in Helsinki (2010); Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum (2008). His work is present in important public and private collections, among which stand out: Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; MOMA, New York; Fundació’ la Caixa’, Barcelona; Banco de España Collection, Madrid; Collection Ville de Paris; MACBA, Barcelona; Galleria d’ Arte Moderna, Turin; MNCARS, Madrid; Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Japan; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The New York Public Library, New York.
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