Time of looking back
I was interested in organizing this exhibition, because I wanted to see joined together some works of Mónica Goldstein from the period 1975-1996, to reflect about the way walked over and to surprise ourselves for the sudden lights and not to become frightened of the corner shadows; in these times it is not bad to plan the (plastic) strategy for the future.
In other measure, because we share the love for those objects called books.
The books, their material: the paper. Their gathering: the library. Their contents: the ideas. Ideas that draw themselves in the different alphabets.
The book “object-container” of ideas which is necessary to preserve and divulge.
I evoke in “Un lugar de la Mancha” a battered knight, wandering in his house, lost, looking for the library’s door which a priest and a barber ordered to wall up and to conceal, to avoid the continuity of sparks between:
book – sign – idea – imagination – action – freedom.
The same story of the Bradbury’s fireman and the passionate segregation of the book-men. The same story of the hidden and labyrinthic library, obsession in the truth’s pursuit in “El nombre de la Rosa”. The same story of our history and its bonfires.
When the sight goes through the library’s shelves, we catch a glimpse of treasures and revelations; Mónica has a personal history linked to the books and to the writing’s signs, as a plastic-expressive manifestation in difficult moments of silent introspection whereby human beings go through.
In the development of her images it is important to point out the relationship of the loving delectation for the paper’s world, with its colors and textures, its different qualities and flavors, the virgin and printed material. As logic consequence the research about the drawing and painting techniques adapted to this support and the kinetic component of writing. The movement, the “seismograph” of the soul, the wide signs-gestures on the paper bands. The birth of an “individual mythology” in complete syntony with the spiritual evolution. The reconstruction of a culture through the writing.
And if we are at the mercy of the “eternal return”, it might be repeated the story of Napoleon’s officer finding the Rosetta’ Stone and its wonderful equivalencies, to understand the “Taa-Ga Texts” or the “Opposite Guide”.
But perhaps it is not necessary, because Monica Goldstein’s work is all “ At opened heart”.
Lic. Eduardo Guevara / Director del Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes / 1996