Magazine article Artforum International

Simeon Saiz Ruiz. (Reviews: Valencia)

Magazine article Artforum International

Simeon Saiz Ruiz. (Reviews: Valencia)

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GALERIA TOMAS MARCH

Even amid the accelerated rhythm of contemporary life there are artists who still practice meditation and repose. Simeon Saiz Ruiz works with such care that he has painted only four canvases in the past two years. But his meticulousness does not in any way imply indifference to or withdrawal from human affairs. Since 1996 he has been working on a series titled "J'est un je"--a play on Rimbaud's celebrated phrase "Je est un autre." The trajectory of the French poet, who abandoned his country and his lover Verlaine in pursuit of new cultures (reaching Aden, in North Africa), exemplifies the uprooted-ness of the contemporary subject split from any national identity.

According to Saiz Ruiz, a similar crisis of national identity has emerged once again in the former Yugoslavia. Basing his paintings on documentary images of the horrors that have taken place in the Balkans over the past decade, the artist has focused on the victims' pain while avoiding any hint of morbidity or sensationalism. We are not dealing with history painting that celebrates the military exploits of one side or another, nor with a narrative that converts its protagonists into heroes. The artist's interest lies elsewhere. Indeed, his work, despite its vital chromaticism and fiery tonalities, is visually cold, as the paintings are based on photographs of television screens whose images have been optically distorted. In Saiz Ruiz's earlier works chromatic masses predominated, but little by little a series of points--like imitation pixels--have come to fill the surface, so that close up it is impossible to make out a recognizable image. …

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