Equilibrium
Valentina González

Year: 2017
Medium: Gouache on canvas
Dimensions: 60 x 45 cm · 23.6 x 17.7 in

This painting belongs to the artist’s most recent series called ‘Organized chaos’, which explores the limits of human perception through pictorial language. In it, the artist arranges flat shapes of contrasted colors in a central composition which almost takes up the entire canvas, alluding to the concepts of balance and spatial harmony so present in the history of painting. In this sense, the work approaches more traditional genres such as the still life, but also comes near other more ‘sculptural’ forms of expression such as the collage or the assemblage.

The artist also uses right angles and geometric shapes reminiscent of the domain of architecture and design as recurring motifs in her latest production. However, this is the first of its kind, insofar as Valentina erases all traces of making, rendering her colours in a clean and homogeneous style, eliminating the brushstroke and the murkiness of colour to simulate an almost digital aesthetic. In this way, she manages to conceal the expressive spontaneity of the initial underpainting, giving way to a clarifying and descriptive intention in the final composition.

A certain theatrical element may also be recognised; the undefined and monochromatic ground acts as the backdrop for a staging of visual rhythms and tensions, translated from three-dimensional elements which the artist transfers to the 2-D surface. This interest in the affinity between the pictorial and the sculptural has subsequently driven the artist toward the making of sculpture-paintings.