Retícula

Delimbo Artspace
Calle Pérez Galdós nº 1, Sevilla, Spain
May 14th – July 15th 2010

The Reticula exhibition is the study of a union between calculated geometric forms and uncontrolled factors such as wear caused by spontaneous actions produced by pedestrians. Through experiments in the streets of Seville, I observed how these external factors were affecting the works installed in the street while at the same time influencing the results that would be presented in the gallery.

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I developed two experiments:

1 – Script 1.1
2 – Carteles Desgarrados (Torn Posters)

Script 1.1, Mural Descontrolado (Uncontrolled Mural)

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The SCRIPT project (see Script 1.0) consists of murals painted by following a set of predefined rules determined by the artist. Thus, the development of the work is done in an uncontrolled manner and the end result is unexpected.
In this way, the artist is a spectator in his own artwork, and can be surprised by the outcome.

To run the script in Sevilla, I drew a grid on the wall where, according to the results obtained, the lines would be drawn. Each line depended on four elements:

1 – A horizontal coordinate (a letter)
2 – A vertical coordinate (a number)
3 – A color
4 – A direction (an arrow)
For example: E, 7, yellow, vertical upward.

I decided to leave the choice (though unconscious) of these four elements to the pedestrians. I stapled sheets of paper arranged in four groups (one for each item) in the street. Each group made a sort of mini-notebook from which the leaves could be torn. In this manner the combinations that defined the lines of the mural were formed on there own. I walked around the city to record the state of the papers between four and six times a day. I only wrote down the codes generated on a site where at least one paper had been torn. Each time a new combination was generated, I wrote it down in a notebook in the order in which it was seen. The day before the opening, we reviewed all the combinations and painted each line in the order in which it was documented.

The experiment lasted five days and 19 lines were painted.

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Carteles Desgarrados (Torn Posters)

I returned to the Pubblico project but this time with more refined designs, as an homage to both Jacques Villeglé and Daniel Buren. Like the previous project in Milan, once the posters were plastered, I only allowed myself to observe and decide when it was time to retrieve them. Of the 15 sets of posters that were pasted, 8 were recovered and exhibited in the gallery. Some took less than 12 hours to be modified and others more than 5 days.

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Set #1
Calle Santa Paula 22
Posted: 10/05/2010 at 00h59
Recovered: 11/05/2010 at 14h40


Set #2
Calle San Luis 7
Posted: 10/05/2010 at 01h06
Recovered: 11/05/2010 at 14h08


Set #3
Calle San Luis 18
Posted: 10/05/2010 at 01h13
Disappearance documented: 10/05/2010 at 11h49


Set #4
Calle San Luis 28
Posted: 10/05/2010 at 01h18
Last seen: 15/05/2010 at 17h46


Set #5
Calle San Luis 40
Posted: 10/05/2010 at 01h32
Disappearance documented: 13/05/2010 at 14h13


Set #6
Plaza Santa isabel 3
Posted: 10/05/2010 at 01h39
Recovered: 11/05/2010 at 14h17


Set #7
Plaza de la Alameda 94
Posted: 10/05/2010 at 22h12
Disappearance documented: 11/05/2010 at 18h26


Set #8
Plaza de la Alameda
Posted: 10/05/2010 at 22h52
Recovered: 11/05/2010 at 13h34


Set #9
Plaza de la Alameda
Posted: 10/05/2010 at 23h03
Disappearance documented: 11/05/2010 at 13h41


Set #10
Calle Belen 1
Posted: 10/05/2010 at 23h16
Last seen: 16/05/2010 at 13h36


Set #11
Calle Peris Mencheta 4
Posted: 10/05/2010 at 23h31
Recovered: 11/05/2010 at 01h51


Set #12
Calle Cruz Verde 4
Posted: 11/05/2010 at 00h49
Recovered: 12/05/2010 at 16h49


Set #13
Calle Cruz Verde 10
Posted: 11/05/2010 at 00h55
Recovered: 12/05/2010 at 16h32


Set #14
Calle Correduría 46
Posted: 11/05/2010 at 01h03
Last seen: 15/05/2010 at 23h56


Set #15
Calle Churruca 5
Posted: 11/05/2010 at 01h10
Recovered: 13/05/2010 at 16h56

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Thanks to Laura, Seleka, Victoire, Rorro and Axel.