Pulse (Spanda), Exposition de Nano Valdés

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Pulse (Spanda)

When men roll it up
Space as if it were a skin, then the end of pain will come without knowing God.



Much of my artistic work revolves around the concept of limit as a dividing line that separates an interior from the exterior. Limits build, make it possible to live where there was space before.

So from the beginning I was very attracted to containers, which I understood as metaphors of being. The signifier lay in the way these limits were constructed or deconstructed. Often the difference between being (inside) and not being (outside) was represented by containers that dissolved, broke after spinning in precarious balance, sank, buried, swelled or deflated, and eventually became part of the whole.

There is an artistic intuition, given that many of my works involuntarily go in that direction, which suggests to me that there is little difference between the inside and the outside, separated by that thin membrane that we call “being”. We are the echo of the outside and we constantly build what is outside.

The word Spanda, which from Sanskrit alludes to the primordial pulsation or creative vibration throughout the universe *, serves to frame the work that will be installed at the DAC Contemporary Art, where the viewer is faced with a large oval (diaphragm) that it breathes and moves as if it were a wave. Space is intrinsically connected to time and the subject transits in the interval between the two limits of breath. This membrane (matrix) could be considered as a threshold that changes continuously from its concave shape, which invites the visitor to scrutinize the empty space, to the convex shape, which slowly invades the room forcing the spectators to retreat.

I like to underline the apparent duality between presence and emptiness, internal and external, welcome and thrust, feminine and masculine; Apparent because it is the same membrane that, thanks to the atmospheric pressure differences, passes from one side of the room to the other.

Most of the time the viewer remains in the territory between inhalation and exhalation, where everything is possible; the membrane becomes pure plastic possibility, like the waves, all similar but none alike.

Thus Pulse (Spanda) responds to the intuition that we are no longer the only ones to pass through immobile and passive space, but that space also moves around us.

Nothing stands still, everything pulsates.


* It coincides with the latest discoveries in quantum physics in which among other things it has been shown that there is not so much separation between the observer and the observed object, one influences the other. Everything is vibrant energy.