which Defy Conventions
Mixed-media Paintings 1967
by David Rodway
Spray and mixed-media on paper or canvas.
Eight works in the exhibition in Barcelona 1967
Signs which Defy Conventions
In 1967, back in Barcelona, at the Institute of North American Studies, Ramos-Poquí had a show in 1967 which followed up the idea of an impersonal language. This time he used car spray industrial paints over paper or canvas, with stencils, and moving to a form of minimalism. When we think we are looking at a white mark across the canvas, there is no mark, because the mark has been erased as a wax stencil. Such effects may recall some works like the targets used by Francis Picabia or Kenneth Nolan, or the bare canvases of Malevich, or even a graffiti by Tàpies. But these works had a different edge, a bareness. They dealt with anonymity, a renunciation of composition and, particularly, a reaction against aesthetic considerations such as (like Tàpies) the seductive task of creating a texture on a canvas surface. Here is an attempt to be radical by the emptying of all personal aesthetic gratifications or simply executing an idea seen in the artists mind prior to its execution.
On his series of works done with spray over paper or canvas exhibited in the Institute of North American Studies in Barcelona in 1967 the art critic and historian A. Cirici comments as follows: Guillem Ramos-Poquí. Scientific sector. Systematisation. Rejection of that which is manual. Industrial techniques. Purism. Topology. The value is on the structure two or three dimensional (New Catalan Painting: Catalogue of a show in Casa de la Cultura, Cuenca, 1968).
in one of Ciricis leading articles he writes: Significant
abstraction -forms as signs- is probably the common denominator of Guillem
Ramos-Poquí abandons personal expression
and uses industrial materials of rollers and sprays. He is systematic
and scientific, and he is interested above all in structural relationships.
Catalan magazine Serra DOr (The New Catalan Aesthetic)
May 1968. This text also appears in Ciricis book Contemporary
Catalan Art ( Edicions 62, 1970, p. 296, in Catalan).
Técnica mixta y pintura. Barcelona 1967
Texto: David Rodway
1967, de regreso a Barcelona, Ramos-Poquí realizó una exposición
en el Instituto de Estudios Norteamericanos. En estas obras Ramos-Poquí
extiende la idea de un lenguaje impersonal, esta vez utilizando procedimientos
pictóricos industriales sobre papel o tela, utilizando plantillas
en forma minimalista. Cuando pensamos que vemos una mancha a través
de la tela,
su serie de obras realizadas con spray sobre papel o tela, expuestas en
el Instituto de Estudios Norteamericanos en Barcelona en 1967, el crítico
de arte e historiador Alexandre Cirici comenta lo siguiente:
en uno de los artículos importantes, Cirici escribe: