Signature: Javier Arce
In 1949 the President of the United States Truman presented a proposal to nationalize the medical attention. The AMA (American Medical Association) promoted a brilliant campaign against using the picture of Sir Luke Fildes titled “The Doctor”. This image was printed and distributed in thousands of posters and leaflets along with the catchword "Keep politics out of this picture". The AMA won, a political and social victory that has generated skepticism for public health that even poisons the debate on health reform in the United States in recent times.
“I particularly find this story interesting and actual not by who won or lost, but by the political use of the artistic image, or what is more questionable to politicize art and culture by extension life”.
The drawings belonging to the series “Keep politics out of this picture” have different layers of meaning, the images come from artistic works that at one point in their history have been used for political purposes unrelated to their original meaning, most of them have been found on the internet, are decontextualized and poor in quality, like any other billions images that can be found in the cloud and that, in spite of globalization, are more likely to come from two of the five continents.
Upon these, as I have already resolved on previous occasions, I overlap another drawing that hides, only in part, the previous one. It is an almost flat, dark, gray-colored surface, made by a repetitive pattern of vertical lines, no more than three millimeters, which gives the image a mechanical "vintage" appearance. it functions as a dark curtain that eclipses or partially censures the scene, which makes us think of the meditative spaces of abstraction, his reading should not be reduced to the dichotomy between the image of the romantic sublime and the abstract sublime. What is remarkable in these drawings, in my opinion, is the gesture of the artist to give time to an image that has already lost his time. A micro-action of resistance which benefits the reconstructed image and, perhaps, the author, in seeking the trip that leads to abstraction through a long journey, repetitive and automatic task of drawing.
Javier Arce Studio
About Javier Arce
Spanish, b. 1973, Santander, Cantabria, Spain, based in Santander, Cantabria, Spain