“Spanische Malerei” [Spanish Painting] is a painterly portrait of Spain’s reality rendered geometrically. In this new series, PSJM develops a line of “social geometry” using statistics to determine a variety of geometric compositions. PSJM creates these pieces by strictly adhering to painting materials. In a more or less explicit manner, a reflection on painting has permeated the team’s trajectory. “Spanische Malerei” is their creative output from a time immersed in the most severe financial crisis we have been forced to experience. Demands for austerity somehow make themselves felt in the production process, now removed from resplendent industrial surfaces. Thus, the hard times faced by the cultural sector are seen in a direct and honest way. Just like the political, financial and social reality which shall be brought to the fore in these mathematical reflections rendered in acrylic on canvas.
Notwithstanding the handcrafted nature of these paintings, the precision and neatness of their finish reminds us of the implacable hand of the machine. The industrial primary colours are drastically applied following radical compositions that take the figure of the acute triangle as a prevailing motif. Removed from any decorative pretence, these “paintings which can be read” suggest a harsh reality that has been objectivised through the flow of impersonal information. Data and colours that conceal personal dramas, hegemonic ideological trends and social unrest.