Gustavo López Armentía
Matter in Motion
It is a long road to discover a way to paint which allows us to speak of our time, to this time in which the changes man produces occur more quickly and contain new situations.
Maybe for this reason my painting is Matter in Movement. It has, at first, an abstract look which produces a strong visual vertigo. Everything spins, everything moves, nothing is in its place. Color and matter make a landscape of the human condition--it is ambivalent, imprecise, and above all complex.
I have always been a sensitive observer of all that has occurred around me, the everyday being something that has awakened a great curiosity within me because it implies that we have to confront each day's reality.
This made me realize that the lesson in my work should have great dynamic, or in other words many simultaneous lessons that could exist in different spaces--characters in diverse situations occur at the same time.
My clear need to speak to the man of today, to belong to the problems of my time, determined that the human figure would be a constant despite all the changes. This never disappears.
Painting provided me, since childhood (I started painting at age five and am self-taught), with a wonderful world. I investigate matter and color and I am in constant enjoyment, always trying new possibilities of showing climates and spaces that I see. I believe that the scenes which one proposes, should only be minimally insinuated, in order to awaken the curiosity of the viewer and to cause him to finish his own story.
All this leaves me much freedom to work, seeking corners of the picture in which to relate a story that surely exists simultaneously with others, just as they do in all human relations.
Curiosity means to me exploring new ways to apply matter and color, as well as to investigate different idioms such as sculpture and data processing.
The development of one's own artistic language (Painting-Sculpture-Installation) is a great challenge for an artist, since his vision is not the projection of reality but rather an internal truth that struggles between the rational and the heart-felt.