The Reina Sofía Museum exhibits the unique work by Elena Asíns, Memory Fragments, which will be open until October 31st. The provoking title submerges the spectator in linguistics, philosophy, music and mathematics to observe the creation process that the computers and the human mind manage to build.
The exhibition, commissioned by the director of the Reina Sofía Museum, Manuel Borja-Villel, is presented in the Sabatini Building on the 3rd floor of the museum, and it takes the complete walkthrough of the artist´s work throughout 20 years.
Elena Asíns was born in Madrid in 1940. She´s a painter who bases her works on calculations that she´s made on computers. In the beginning she joined the Grupo Castilla, founded in 1963 by the surrealist painter Miguel Pinto. Intellectually restless, the integrated in the Calculus Center in the Complutense University of Madrid, where she met various artists who were interested in plastic work aided by computers, coinciding with the abstract artist María Iturralde.
Another important aspect of her work was her stay in Stuttgart University, in Germany, where she closed in definitively to linguistics and semiotics, which she later deepened in the University of Columbia with Noam Chomsky. This inspired many works of hers, where she explored the deep and superficial meanings of signs. That way, she put numbers and signs together to convert them in a plastic and extraordinary language.
She´s participated in interesting artistic projects, such as the Artist Production Cooperative. During her long trajectory she´s explored different formats and supports, like specific poetry, videos, facilities, sculptures and drawings.
Asíns separated her work from her feelings, at least she´s said so many times: “I try to create a perfect world, like mathematics, far away from all feelings and passion” That emotional asepsis is reflected in the inexistent polychromy, only black and white are present. Pure lines, geometric games and volumes are in all of her works, whether they are in the shape of drawings or sculptures.
Maybe this look of perfection, the emotional and ideological asepsis is filled with emotions and ideology. Art is impregnated with ideology when it´s art, says Adorno, because all symbolic production is completely tied to life´s material production methods. That´s why her work surges from a previous aesthetic and emotional concept which is filled with ideology, which later is organized by the orderly based on its binary programme.
If you look into Elena Asíns´ work carefully, it´s impossible to separate them from emotions. They´re interesting aesthetic metaphors from complex and incomprehensible worlds that take us to the bills of emotion and reason.
For more information: http://www.museoreinasofia.es/exposiciones/actuales/asins.html
A beautiful exhibition, interesting to get to know the creative processes of a pioneering woman, that joined disciplines that show distance and united them in her work. That´s why, if you´re in apartments in Madrid you can drop by this exhibition and then go for some tapas and partying.
Translated by: aleixgwilliam