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Tulio de Sagastizabal

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Artnews - Mona Molarsky

20.01.2014

Artista: Tulio de Sagastizabal

Argentine artist Tulio de Sagastizabal creates radiant abstractions on paper, often layering irregular geometric shapes against solid or striped backgrounds. He gave up representational art for this spare form, which he compares to writing, and his works do seem to contain mysterious messages. The ten pieces here, all created in 2012, at first appeared static, but then, gradually, gave the impression of movement and fluidity, as our eyes became drawn to the gradations of color and size.
In the glowing aquamarine La cosa en si no. 2, a pale shadow floats against a lined background. It contains just a few lines, as if others had been crossed out. We were seduced by the softness of the color, pulled into a tranquil sea. Far more vivid, Otro abril II, with a backdrop of bright red, blue, yellow, green, pink, and brown, jolted our expectations with the geometric shape that appears to hang above its surface, like a foreign object with its irregular triangles and squares in brown, yellow, and black.
The irregular, elongated form that al- most fills the space in Abril contains as- sorted diamond shapes. It could be viewed as a head, stuffed with fractured thoughts. Two untitled works have what looked like narrow, brightly colored striped panels stretched across pastel surfaces—in one, pale green, and in the other, pink. Like scrolls, except empty of words, these paintings invite participa- tion, as do all of de Sagastizabal’s works.