06 / 17 / 2011
Florencio Alonso reviews Oteiza's "Light Wall"

Florencio Alonso reviews Oteiza’s transparent concept of space with his project “Fragments of Stagnant Light”

The artist presents his work in the Oteiza Museum as part of the Interpretations programme

The review of Jorge Oteiza’s experimental development in his “Light Wall” pieces has been the starting point for the “Fragments of Stagnant Light” project. The project is made up of 25 pieces presented by the artist Florencio Alonso in the Alzuza Museum between 17 June and 16 October 2011 as part of the Interpretations Programme, with the collaboration of the District of Pamplona.

Florencio Alonso’s “Fragments of Stagnant Light” project has been designed specifically for the Oteiza Museum and comprises 24 homonymous pieces of 20.2 x 20.2 cm (mixed technique on steel) and the sculpture titled Stagnant Light (22.2 x 40.2 x 40.2 cm, methacrylate, DM, cardboard and acrylic), which has been positioned on the top floor of the Oteiza Museum next to the works that belong to Oteiza’s final stage.

The piece is based on one of the most significant series of Oteiza’s work, completed in 1956 with superimposed glass plates, chalk and adhesive tape. As Alonso points out, “Light-Wall is a piece I find particularly interesting in Oteiza’s career. It is transparent territory that reveals an iconoclastic sensitivity that is static and reflexive and merges with life to proclaim liberating formulas for observing our immediate environment”. “I find many values in the piece, such as the invisibility of the work of art as it builds the semantics of light; the void through the hollow as an essence of everything physical, ethereal and untouchable.

This project has taken me to a dialogue with the void, reducing and feeling the limit, rediscovering Tatlin or the suprematism of Malevich”, Alonso goes on to explain. “My motivation when interpreting that area of the sculptor-philosopher finally leads me to this series-tribute and to the model-sculpture I have titled Stagnant Light. This piece determines the end of this series, coinciding with the way I see part of the events. Like the musician that uses rhythmic structures that are close to silence, here matter tends to disappear, questioning intangibility.”

His intervention in the “Interpretations” season follows others by artists such as Pedro Salaberri, José Miguel Corral, Iratxe Montero, David Rodríguez Caballero, José Ignacio Agorreta, Koldo Sebastián and Manu Muniategiandikoetxea. The programme will also include the intervention of Pedro Osés in 2011.

Florencio Alonso (Estella, 1961) is an author with a long-standing artistic career. His most recent projects include individual exhibitions at the Gustavo de Maeztu Museum in Estella (2007), the Moisés Pérez de Albéniz Gallery (2005), the Museum of Navarra , the Opening Exhibition at the Thyssen Cultural Centre, Los Arcos and the Juan Bravo Cultural Centre, Madrid, in 2000. He has also taken part in collective projects, such as “Five Keys of Navarra Painting”, European Parliament, Brussels (2007) and “Silences”, 22 painters from Navarra, Baluarte Cultural Centre, Pamplona ( 2007). He is also present on a usual basis at Arco with the Moisés Pérez de Albéniz Gallery and was at the Digital and Video Art Fair, DIVA, New York, USA in 2005 and 2006.