The creative act is not completed only by the artist itself; the spectator also contributes, since it is him who puts the work in contact with the external world, when deciphering and interpreting its inner characteristics.
“I am not a painter”, Rubén Torres Llorca emphasized in a meeting we held up in his studio to prepare his solo show in the Kendall Art Center, Miami. Starting from this premise we go into the topic. Conversation was about general topics of contemporary art, inscribed in the disillusion and the loss of the utopia, which are the basis of his concepts. He referred to the historic tiredness and the disenchantment characterizing today’s art, entities conforming the aesthetic postulates of his visual results and the theoretical dimension of his speech.
Torres Llorca’s work is settled on a personal mythology which sustains that the last stage of conceptual art constitutes the decline of art and that postmodernism and contemporary art belong to the post-art. Therefore, the theoretical approximations of the present creation bring productions established on a system created by the art market, and the artist answers to its demands to be able to maintain himself active. Although, even when this reality highlights, there still exists an anthropologist or cultural hero who, in the the 21st century, writes essays on the art attached to the past, when artistic production was conceived from a romantic approach and without the practical sense it has in the present time.
With the emergence of conceptual art and the novel structures characterizing the aesthetic conception of the post-utopic era, the artistic practice is settled on a referent that upholds the ineludible reality of the end of the history of art, and the artist has the pressing need to replace the meaning of his creation supported above all in the seduction the exponents themselves contribute.
When referring to Torres Llorca’s present artistic production, I cannot avoid mentioning some of what he made on the past century. I go back to the mythical exhibition Volumen Uno Retrato de Fors