Posted: July 5th, 2016 -
Art Basel Profile: The contrasting entities of Juan Uslé
This year, Art Basel had two excellent works by Spanish artist Juan Uslé. Romperbrumas, presented by Galerie Thomas Schulte, and Brecha, shown by Frith Street Gallery. Uslé’s non-representative abstract works aim to communicate a personal and poetic vision of the world rather than narrative. Influenced by a range of ideas from multiculturalism to philosophy, the rich dry pigment and dispersion on canvas works create contrasting entities between systemization and chaos.
Uslé’s representation of this dichotomy comes across through colorful patterns and gestural, stain-like brush strokes. This intentional duality is also echoed through his personal experiences of living in both New York City and small village in Northern Spain.
Final interpretations are left open to the viewer, and these “labyrinthine spaces” proved paradoxically intriguing to many who enjoyed getting lost in the folds.