Interview: Teo San José
Luca Curci talks with Teo San José during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2021, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Teo San José, (Valladolid 1958) currently develops his artistic activity between the cities of Córdoba and Denia. He studied Engineering at the Universities of Valladolid and Madrid. He is not only an artist but also an educator, being related to public and personal programs about art and education in Spain and Mexico. His work develops from the idea of “dialogue” as a formula for the construction of possible common realities. His vision of art considers the subtlety of language and the synthesis of meanings as essential characteristics for an energetic and peaceful expression at the same time. “When we open our eyes, our mind and perceptions to a sculpture, we enter into an intimate space; a path that leads us to the emptiness of the mind to touch our deepest being. It is not necessary to understand, only to feel the life that the work of art has. It is a deep and personal experience.” The planes are superimposed without losing their individual quality, to build dimensions that exceed them, where the material becomes immaterial, and the opaque can be transparent. Emptiness and matter complement each other, changing our eyes, making new interpretations, staying always in motion. His work is present in public and private collections in countries such as Spain, France, England, Switzerland, Brussels, E.E.U.U., Mexico, China or Dubai.
Luca Curci – What are you working on?
Teo San José – For some time now I have been working on the social commitment to creating public and private spaces where spaces of serenity and calm are generated. Places that help, through subconscious perceptions, to bring some inner dialogue; the experience of inner peace.
LC – How did you come to your current artistic practice?
TSJ – My artistic work has gone through many stages in thirty years of activity. In recent years my relationship with steel (the most common material in my current work) has developed a lot. Training other people of artistic sensibility has been very important too. I am excited to exhibit here two sculptures that speak precisely of the transition of materials between wood and metal.
LC – What is the most difficult thing about creating your work?
TSJ – To face the work itself in front of me. Each sculpture is a threshold, a portal where the passage from the profane to the sacred or from the sacred to the profane identifies each day of my existence. It doesn´t matter if we are talking about a monumental sculpture or a smaller piece.
LC – Has your style changed over the years, in what way?
TSJ – It has been evolving, expressing itself more and more with fewer elements. A constant search with the eraser for simplicity, for the essential. A constant elimination of the superfluous.
LC – What do you feel when you see your finished work?
TSJ – A deep emotion of a job well done. If it’s right, it can’t be finished. It is one of the most difficult challenges to know when it is good or finished; when we are able to create a rounded work, balanced, where nothing is superfluous, everything speaks of Unity.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think of the theme of the festival?
TSJ – I find the theme fascinating, unfortunately the socio-sanitary situation we are living in has prevented me from being present to be able to evaluate the exhibition for myself.
LC – Can you explain something about the works you have in our exhibition?
TSJ – They are two very particular sculptures from the “Woman” series. Each work represents a real woman who has existed in my life. The idea is to capture the imprint that her essence has left on my sensibility, on my perception. In one case through pregnancy… about to hatch. In the other through the oriental elegance of her extreme simplicity.
LC – Would you propose a collaboration with us? What do you think of our services?
TSJ – Sure. I would like to do some collaboration with you. Talks, workshops, exhibitions, a space of dialogue through art for Itsliquid Group… There are a lot of possibilities.
LC – Do you think that ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
TSJ – These things are always necessary to analyze with time. I am glad to be at THE BODY LANGUAGE. To evaluate this question well, I think that some time will have to pass before I can see the whole process and the treatment received.
LC – Have you enjoyed working with us?
TSJ – So far, yes. I trust that your great professionalism will materialize in the sale of the works, or in the promotion of my work in this environment. We are all looking for dialogue and collaboration that can allow us to enrich the art world, according to our possibilities. I feel one important thing about exhibitions like this one, is to accompany the viewer, that the curatorial work narrows the gap between the works of art and the spectator. Thank you very much for this opportunity to present the ideas and emotions that postulate my work.