Six Questions

Six Questions: Fuentesal & Arenillas

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Fuentesal & Arenillas

Artist Fuentesal & Arenillas
Lives in Madrid, Spain

How do you describe your own art practice?

Imagining, minimizing and increasing at great speed. In our practice, giving ourselves to game is a daily way of doing things, both in the life-studio and in the exhibition space. We relate gestures to matter, making the pieces dance in space. We link ideas and perceptions embracing a material ambiguity that does not renounce the literalness of certain structures that, like the frame, appeal to both the craft and the nature of things that need to be held and move.

Fuentesal & Arenillas
Trampa salada. 2020
White glass, rubber, paper, cardboard and fabric.
Courtesy: Luis Adelantado Valencia. Photo: David Zarzoso

Which question or theme is central in your work?

Our interests are intertwined but not tied. We usually practice gestures of a dialogue between us and look back to our own work, considering it as a kaleidoscope where we can discover new forms that we previously did not see. In general, we use formal resources like repetition or the double figure, including chance as an essential component of what is at stake and of what remains unfinished.

Fuentesal & Arenillas
Lecturas 2018
Crayon on paper
Courtesy: Luis Adelantado Valencia. Photo: David Zarzoso

What was your first experience with art?

Julia- A title and an image behind it. ¿Por qué el proceso entre Pilato y Jesús duró sólo dos minutos? Wolf Vostell and Fluxus. Almost twenty years ago I let myself be captivated by these kinds of works without rules or standards that raise, play and challenge ourselves. How to join materials, objects and ideas.
Pablo- I remember when I was studding Design at Cadiz art school and I was learning about the Bauhaus school founded by Walter Gropius. The idea of all disciplines being unified and in a constant dialogue caught my attention. At the same time, I realized I had a similar experience close to me, because my family carpentry business was always making or designing different constructive details for housing or furnitures, adapting themselves, coexisting with time and our lifes.

Fuentesal & Arenillas
Solo show: LA resistencia del ello/Azul como una naranja 2018-2019 Luis Adelantado Valencia.
Photo: David Zarzoso

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Tertulia is a meeting between affinity and openness to the inexhaustible source of possibilities. The beat of a whistle that continues the lines. Outlines that connect and vanish. The nature that keeps transforming us into memories and narratives. The craft, hands adapted to their time. The trace, the breather, listening, a walk, a place with the smell of jasmine and joys. We think further than we see; we see further than we handle; we handle as far as our body can reach.

Fuentesal & Arenillas
Periplo I,II. 2018
Wood and enamel
Courtesy: Luis Adelantado Valencia. Photo: David Zarzoso

What do you need in order to create your work?

Being together and in touch with others, remembering, meeting, talking, giving something, walking with our dog, a mental space where to agglutinate and compose chairs and tables that hold us and where we put our materials. Lying on the floor and looking at the work from another point of view. Sleeping with the pieces and playing with them. Tools for our hands. Being alone and in silence.

Fuentesal & Arenillas
Brillante breve vida VI. 2020
Iron, wood, enamel
Courtesy: Luis Adelantado Valencia. Photo: David Zarzoso

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

I was surprised by the exhibition “The Swamp of Forever. Chapter 4: Origin” by Juliana Cerqueira Leite (ft. Daniel Chust Peters) curated by Carlos Fernández-Pello in Nogueras Blanchard gallery. Her sculptures and drawings captivated us as they seemed to be turned inside out, as well as, their end parts seemed to be back to the beginning. 

Fuentesal & Arenillas
Brillante breve vida IV. 2020
Iron, wood, enamel and brass
Courtesy: Luis Adelantado Valencia. Photo: David Zarzoso

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