Topografías I & II and Segmentario, projects by artist Adán Vallecillo, were presented last February at the ARCO Madrid art Fair, Solo Projects section.
Topografías I & II are elastic maps made with used car tires of the cities of San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa (Honduras), respectively, the first and fourth most violent cities in the world according to a recent study. The energetic motion of the wheels that have traveled these cities has left traces on the tire’s air chambers. Here, the artist is interested in converting a volumetric and functional object into a flat surface with the idea of exposing not only the recording of time and decay, but also their vulnerability, tracing new spatial relationships through contingency and wear that construct random maps of immeasurable and untamed cities. For the artist, they are black paintings, that on the one hand seek to parody the failed modernity of the third world, but on the other show the denial of light and movement, revealing their ‘wounds’ as reference points of an irreversible violence. Meanwhile, Segmentario is a maimed clock where also the concept of movement has been dismembered, but this time preserving its essential features. Through this work, Vallecillo has thought of violence as a temporary measuring unit, as a discontinuity of everyday life or rather, as a flash of death.
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