La Algaba, Vélez-Blanco, El Rompido
Opening: March 7, at 20:00 h.
Dates: March 8 - August 25, 2019
Curator: Juan Antonio Álvarez Reyes
Space: Monumental Area (Iglesia, Capilla de Colón,
Capilla de Profundis y Sacristía)
In the early 1980s, after her time in the United States, Soledad
Sevilla (Valencia, 1944) expanded her field of action to installation
art. A pioneer of this medium in Spain, she is also one of the artists
who has most effectively explored its possibilities, often working
with different types of public spaces. Although she started out
in the field of geometric painting in the 1960s, Soledad Sevilla’s
time at the Computing Centre in Madrid piqued her interest in aspects
related to the repetition and variation of units and lines. For
much of her career, forms and patterns made from lines have characterised
her unique way of understanding and constructing painting as well
as diverse floor and string installations.
The artist’s creative process is based
on observing her surroundings and prioritising the penetrating
gaze that leads to analysis and, subsequently, action. Rigorous
accuracy and herculean effort have
also marked the evolution of her pictorial series and installations.
The relationship between her paintings and installations is complex
and rooted in a process of continual feedback: one medium initiates
a series, while the other is needed to continue and develop it.
Her keen interest in and understanding of two- and three-dimensional
space, which has grown broader and deeper over the years, stems
from her early work with analytical and geometric painting.
This exhibition at the Centro Andaluz de Arte
Contemporáneo traverses Andalusia from west to
east, making three geographical stops that also represent three
types of installations in relation to
the historical settings for which they were created The first was
inspired by her spatial and sensory
experience at an abandoned tunny fishery in El Rompido, Huelva,
and originally materialised at her
IVAM exhibition in a former convent now known as the Centro del
Carmen. That installation, recently
donated to the CAAC, gave us the idea for this show, which immediately
extended to Vélez-Blanco
in Almería, the next stop on the timeline and in the exhibition
itinerary. Soledad Sevilla’s nstallation at that castle was
a landmark piece, and its current recreation and adaptation to another
monumental space also represents a new addition to the CAAC collection,
having been donated by the artist. Finally, the show concludes with
two installations made of white cotton thread, derived from her
site-specific interventions in La Algaba, Seville.