Galería Rafa

JUAN USLÉ

Juan Uslé, a key figure in the Spanish and international contemporary art scene, presents Un baile lento (A slow dance), his first solo exhibition at Galería Rafael Ortiz in Seville, a careful selection of his latest works, both on paper and on canvas.

A slow dance. Time stands still, or almost still; the cadenced movements remind us of those scenes where precision is fundamental; with no place for haste.

From the solitude of his studio, Juan Uslé (Santander, 1954) manages to transmit to us his thoughts, memories and lived landscapes. His painting, pure meditation, starts from an absolutely theoretical approach in a constant search for the existential: water, light, silence, the infinite.

In order to understand Uslé’s most recent work it is necessary to immerse oneself in his spaces/works. These are inhabitable spaces that are impregnated with his vital rhythm, —the artist himself speaks of breathing pulse— a rhythm which he transmits in a calmly, as if telling us in our ear the mystery of his creation.

His mastery is moving: when he invites us to go through his work, it feels almost like sitting next to him while experiencing the artist’s calm way of working, in which each brushstroke is a new experience. In the words of Mónica Carballas “…the painting is perceived as a surface to be occupied. We walk through it with our eyes following the lines that sweep the canvas, interpreting its pneuma, we immerse ourselves in the deepest layers of color and explore the different regions of the painting. In Uslé’s case, to paint a picture is to create a place…” 

His work is shown in museums and public collections such as the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France), MNCARS Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), Musèe d’Art Moderne (Luxembourg, Luxembourg), Moderna Museet (Stockholm, Sweden), Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam, Netherlands), Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst (Munich, Germany) or Tate Modern (London, United Kingdom), among others.