Throughout her career, Graciela Haspar has painted and applied her pictorial perspective in different areas: drawing, photography, installations, films and urban projects. In this exhibition we chose to focus on her painting to explore the universe of forms, compositional systems, techniques and use of colour of one of the city’s great artists.
The artist’s visual thought is guided by painting (and the pictorial logic of watercolours). Haspar acts on two planes: she refers to European and Latin American modernist movements – hard-edge and Argentine Concrete Art, Brazilian Neo-Concrete Art and Venezuelan Kineticism – and their mechanisms for constructing artworks, but also blows them up, making them useless with baroque or excessively dynamic touches or by adding her own chromatic language: a festive way of refracting established categories and methods. She offers a celebration of colour as a vehicle for establishing direct communication. Far from subtle abstraction, the artist chose very early in her career to opt for an explosion of colour. Each of her canvases challenges the viewer’s eye to a visual game of shifting logic and misdirection.
And although the lines are built up from meticulous medieval style technical work – the artist and her assistants in the workshop seeking the perfect line – close observation of Haspar’s pictorial world quickly surprises us. Each one of her pure and perfectly defined lines and planes was achieved without the use of painter’s tape but by going over the surface a thousand and one times.