Intermittence Series "I conquered the lining of the coloured sky and tore it off, put colour into the resulting bag and tied a knot, Fly! A white, free, endless-infinity-is before you!“ Kazimir Malevich
The point of departure for these works were architecture drawings I made for an unbuild project connected to the music of Beethoven.
Then I thought of Walter Smetak and his music... when it came to mind, and the idea of "unlearning".
Back in Salvador da Bahia, in my student years he was an important reference to me. I recall a conversation with Smetak, in 1981 a couple of years before his death. We spoke about his work and how he got into making sounds so different to what he learned as a classic musician in Vienna. That's when I first heard the word "unlearning", commonly used in his native tongue German(verlernen). He explained how classical education gave him the basis to create something so radically different like his avant-garde microtonal compositions.
I decided to start painting all parts in smaller groups, then as a whole ensemble like in a story board.
I wanted to focus on emptiness and the sense of rhythm. My choice of white paint only, helped me building a fragile and very delicate aspect to it, sometimes solid, and other times as a gradient. I thought of space fragmentation, and obviously Zaha's early paintings came to mind.
I also felt the surfaces seemed as if they were multiplying, expanding and sometimes escaping to infinity, and to me the forms floating about din't have to serve any purpose other than establishing ambiguity.
In my view they now serve a simple and straight forward objective: the one of asking "what's in front?" and "what's behind?", and this is what I'm interested at. I want to provoke the viewer to engage with the object, and participating of it. In that sense I don't want to present anything, and it all reconnects to how I feel about space and architectural drawings.