PRAISE FOR FORS
Finishing the 19th century, questioned on modernity, Enrique José Varona left some reflections that until today constitute the compass that guides me on my approaches to art, which I would like to share with you as a preamble to my considerations on José Manuel Fors. The illustrious philosopher said:
…art should be art and, above all, sincerity. What does not enter in that mold, which is exceedingly simple, is not more than an artifice. There are some who preconize what is artificial… Yes, but artifice is not art. A skillful work entertains for an instant. Others, after some time, may awaken the attention, awaken curiosity at least.
All this is transitory. The work of art produces vibrations in the soul (…). It is not about new or old forms. All forms are acceptable, if they are beautiful and, above all, if they let to reveal an image or an emotion capable of suspending, be of interest or to move (...). If the novelty of forms consists in the intricate language and epileptic style some decadents lay out, it is a novelty that smells too much of atavism (…) That originality consists in saying in a new way something that, although old, has been seen in a personal way, through a feeling of one own which would be very intense and achieves a great result (…) That originality is not in the words, but in the ideas that may be evoked with words
Sombras, 2011 Umbrella and transparencies 55 inches Ø Courtesy the artist