Artist Statement

I begin my artistic work in 2016, focused on the reflection and dissemination of mathematical-formal concepts. At present, this is the field of study of my Phd. My "restlessness": the Being of mathematics, its inexhaustible ability to formulate problems, its willingness to give solutions, even creating new paths [1], and the relation of this field to form, geometry and architectural space . It is interesting how: architecture has always been a game with clear objectives without a fixed set of rules, and on the other hand , mathematics is a game with lots of rules but with no clear purpose. The paradoxical combination of these two worlds opens up a universe full of beauty and contributions to society [2]. I believe that it is not a matter of offering solutions but of pointing directions, not proposing methods but showing values [3].

The work process is directly related to my training as an architect (2010-2016). Based on three procedures. Observation and analysis: carrying out an investigation with sketches and models, an act of synthesis of factors that come from very different fields; Reasoning: systematic study, calculation and generation of digital form; And Experimentation: jump to reality and materialization, create projects in objects and shaped spaces [4]

I work with physical space and abstract architectural constructions: planes, curves and other geometries perhaps more complex. The fundamental parameters are the natural and mathematical rules behind the form, the proportions of space. Another important reference is the cube. This as a mathematical figure is neither an object nor a box, it is an ideal geometric body, a closed form, an archetype of the Cartesian space and a sign of the present function of dwelling. [5] The quadrilateral appears as an invention of the brain [6], a powerful effort of abstraction that gave geometry origin as a science of the history of the thought. In short an incessant come and go of extreme geometric complication and extreme simplicity, approach to the poles. 

Other artists have indirectly reflected these concerns. Kazirmr Malevich paints a black square on a white background, Josef Albers will paint a series of squares with squares, and the geometric obsession will invade artists and schools: Russian Constructivism, the Abstraction-Creation group, the Swiss Concrete Kunst with artists such as Max Bill , Verena Loewensberg or Hans Arp, or later called Neogeometry. The geometric fascination is, in fact, timeless and universal, from the primitive art of the most archaic civilizations that Alois Riegl unveiled to the mystical rectangles of Mark Rothko.

The formats that I mainly work are sculptural models and on-site installations. Models can be understood as sculptures-models with no particular scale. I use for this: acrylic paints, acrylic and 3d form. Also as part of the process It is generated sheets and planes that are digital prints and screenprints.

[1] The mathematician Enzo Gentile puts this way: "The true essence of mathematics lies in its inexhaustible ability to formulate problems, but unlike other sciences, it is not only fine about giving solutions, but, in order to solve them, creates theories, which generate new mathematics. This is precisely the essence of his creative dynamism "in" Notes of algebra 1 "Buenos Aires 1984
[2] Brett Steele picks up something similar in the preface to the book "the new mathematics of architecture" by Jane and Mark Burry.
[3] Siegfried Ebeling's phrase in "Space as Membrane" as the way to enrich architecture through scientific knowledge and physics. I apply this to mathematics.
[4] Richard Feynman writes in Feynman's Physics- "Observation, reasoning, and experimentation constitute what we call the scientific method. Mexico, DF 1998
[5] Description of the cube of Jean-Francois PIRSON: The structure and the object. Promotions and University Publications, Barcelona, ​​1988 p 40
[6] From the French writer René Huyghe. Formes et forces. De l'atome a Rembrant, Paris, Flammarion 1971
[7] [8] Described by the architect and poet Joaquim Español in "Form and Consistency". The construction of form in architecture. Barcelona 2007

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