Processes and Principles

Processes and Principles

The exhibition is entitled “Processes and Principles”, an evocative nod to the classic manual on the history and study of sculpture written by Rudolf Wittkower in the early 1970s. On the occasion of the exhibition, the gallery will publish a catalogue which, in addition to the works present in the exhibition, will contain a text by the curator and art theorist Alfonso de la Torre and a written dialogue between the artist and the gallery. The two terms of the title, in relation to Berned’s work, clearly define his way of thinking and creating. Processes alludes to the importance that the artist attaches to the production, treatment and use of the material (steel) with which his sculptures are made, as well as to an obsessive search for the formal perfection of each work. Principles alludes to the artist’s ideas and intentions: to create beautiful objects that transmit emotion and move the soul. Intentions, in these times, could seem like a provocation, which the artist assumes with total naturalness. The result is the creation of a series of works that, starting from geometric study and analysis, aspire to transcend the gaze and perception of the spectator to connect him with ideas, sensations and feelings associated with concepts linked to the universe, the human being and the history and language of art. Alfonso de la Torre, at the beginning of his text about the artist, describes the sculptor’s creative qualities and drives: “A sense of restlessness and imagination define this artist, sculptor and poet of form, Arturo Berned (Madrid, 1966). And this imagination could be considered somewhat introverted, like Palazuelo’s poetic world, since we are dealing with the development of a truly thinking vision, based on restless and tenacious investigation, which has led to an extraordinarily compact body of sculptural work throughout the artist’s long career. His fervent geometry is frequently played out in forms sketched in space or volumes nervously deployed – in an incessant state of exploration, in the words of another fabulist sculptor who worked with iron, Martín Chirino – to the point in which he emerges as an artist enlightened by tension, one that exudes a veritable thirst for infinity.” The exhibition will consist of ten works conceived and positioned so as to promote and generate associations, dialogues and exchanges between the sculptures, the gallery space and the spectator – light and shadows being fundamental elements in the visualization and reading of the works. The series Heads, Masks and Voids will be presented, with the incorporation of color the most obvious change with respect to his previous work. “Thirst reigns supreme, in that living space torn from time, given that his work seems to contradict the space we perceive, in which respect he populates it with sculptures that make up, rather, a space of exceptions. They are strange geometries, an example of a revealed path through that intermediate space between silencing and creation, extraordinary manifestations of a fertile disorientation. ‘Beware!’ Berned tells us. ‘Move away from the Earth! We are surrounded by a golden world.”

Processes and Principles

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