Secundino Hernández: Paso
Meaning ‘step’, the exhibition title, Paso, refers to a series of movements through abstraction and figuration. At Wharf Road, Hernández is showing abstract paintings that continue his investigation into gesture and form while extending the innovative techniques of accumulation and removal for which he has become widely known.
In conversation with Martin Coomer, the artist discusses the three bodies of work featured in his exhibition, Paso, at Victoria Miro and Victoria Miro Mayfair (1 April - 6 May 2017).
Martin Coomer: Standing in front of your new monochrome ‘washed’ paintings, I’m struck by how they seem to be about erasure as much as addition.
Secundino Hernández: That is the primary idea. Normally, we say that painting is about addition, but with these works I’m going through the painting, and through the prepared ground, to the raw canvas. I’m taking a step back, if you like, moving out of the image.
MC: They have a dramatic, exploratory quality but also a distinct urban feel, like being surrounded by weathered walls.
SH: Yes, I think it’s partly due to the scale of the work. With this size of canvas, you have a sense of architectural scale. Being surrounded by them, it’s almost like you’re in a street.
When the works succeed I don’t see geometric shapes any more. I see a dance between pictorial languages.