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SLOW LIGHT by Francisco Suárez
SLOW LIGHT, that is the name of the new exhibition by the artist Francisco Suárez that we will be hosting in our Gallery Espai París during the coming season. The work of Suárez (León, 1965) focuses especially on the autonomy of painting, the physical and perceptive presence of the pictorial object. Each work is, above all, a statement about itself. They are made up of chromatic and visual incentives, and are composed of numerical relationships.
Slow light is the propagation of an optical pulse or other modulation of an optical carrier at a very low group velocity. Slow light is produced when a propagating pulse is slowed down substantially by the interaction with the medium in which the propagation takes place. The underlying idea in Francisco’s work is precisely that, to slow down the light until it can be stopped, and capture it on the canvas, hence the name of this new series.
His creations retain a certain mysterious impulse of what emerges spontaneously from the act of painting. Thus, his characteristic fields of lines are born of a process close to action painting, as the drops of paint flow across the surface. In this way, the images acquire a special vibration and an absence of rigidity that facilitates interaction with the viewer’s gaze. He doesn’t want to produce a cold, rational structure, but to achieve attractive presences, in which geometric purity serves as a means of accessing the field of self-knowledge.
In his most recent series, the artist shows us a singular conception of geometric abstraction. Without abandoning the precision that characterises his work, his new pieces are a revelation. Through a vibrant use of colour, he recreates powerful light effects that at the same time suggest spaces full of evocation and mystery. Painting in its pure state that unfolds before us all its magnetism, its capacity to take the spectator to a different dimension.
Abstract art has shown two ways of developing: one is carried out with lyrical impulses, linked to inspiration and individualism; the other is based on rigour and geometry, which, after freeing all work from any anecdotal and sentimental component, seeks the creation of images whose only meaning is their concrete visual presence. Francisco Suárez is heir to both paths, which seem to find a point of convergence. Thus, the characteristic fields of coloured lines that we see in his paintings tend to be carefully broken drops of paint. His paintings come from meditation, the calculation of proportions and the selection of colours, which are connected in the act of painting. Each line is similar to the previous one, but not identical, making the invisible visible.