León Ferrari (1920 - 2013)

Cuadrado (1987)

Blueprint on paper
height: 100cm
width: 100cm

Donated by León Ferrari 2001


Cuadrado is another take on the motif explored by Ferrari in his series Arquitecturas de la locura (Architecture of Madness). This piece, executed on a square piece of paper by stamping readymade print sets in an obsessive repetition, defines an impossible situation: a large number of human figures representing walking men and women seen from above. The distribution of the figures produces a square made of four sections, two vertical and two horizontal, intersecting in the corners. Starting from the left edge of the paper, there is a row of little people walking down. At the base of the paper they walk to the right, on the right side they walk upwards and the ones at the top go to the left, all in an anticlockwise pursuit.

The centre of the image is empty. When seen from afar the design made of rows running along the edges becomes a cross, foremost symbol of Christian religion. Ferrari has used icons and references to Christianity in his work throughout his career, occasionally provoking criticism and censorship. In the case of Cuadrado the symbol of the cross is perceived in opposition, by focusing on the areas where the characters do not meet.

Gabriela Salgado, 2008

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