uno vez no es ninguna vez - one time is no time (once is never)
once is never speaks to the importance of sustained work and its development over time; to an insistence on repeating processes which produce results with minimal yet significant differences. It’s all about a way of addressing everyday work as a kind of mantra or ritual, like a conscious trance state that, on one hand, opens a space of freedom for the mind and, on the other, focuses intense attention on what is actually in front of our eyes. It is a form of absolute concentration that enables an appreciation of unique detail in each work and, at once, a form of behavior that facilitates a process of learning and reflection based on visual comparison as well as correspondence with knowledge stored in our memory.
The mission of working in series is not to induce a mode of repetition, which is merely underwritten by reproductivity. To undertake series implies a willingness to reflect slowly, endeavoring to subdivide each advance that takes place in order to continue a little further beyond the limits of the known. It involves creating intertwined elements that will be part of a long narrative continued over time. It is to devise a perfectly legible discourse, enhancing each little subtle nuance without letting it go unnoticed. Working in series allows the work to adopt a much broader and longer vision, starting out from highly specific approaches that will lead us to much more profound reflections.
These works being presented at Maus Contemporary are grounded in the idea of learning and perceptive capacities channeled through the sight. Something which could be summed up in the act of painting in order to see better. The relationship between pairs enables a comparison and appreciation of minimum details that can camouflage what is apparently homogeneous. The idea of physical limits created by the very nature of painting is permanently present in these works. Hence the fact that the titles, in Latin and thus harking back to the origins of language itself, are always related with the act of observing and the idea of boundary, in this way foregrounding the importance of attention.
The visualization of limits stimulates our perceptive attitudes both inside and outside the picture. The existence of duality is both necessary and inevitable for learning. The similitude, complementariness and contrast with which the painting is constructed and uncovered are shown as a path to knowledge; as an act of reflection and introspection. We look and reflect on our surroundings by means of what we learn through painting. Still today so simple and so old, painting has the capacity to take us from the physicality of the stain and color to much more global concepts. Concepts which are often intangible and inexplicable through words but which help us to understand and to better endure the world in which we live.
- Nico Munuera, April 2018