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Tension as the key to movement.

Jeannette Betancourt

Tension occurs through the confrontation of opposites. In painting, it manifests through the visual transit imposed on the retina by the composition given in the painting; it is the force that attracts or repels, causing the sensation of movement.

The magnitude and direction of the states of tension in María José's most recent paintings pose a more complex scenario. The direction of the visual field is defined not by a single element, but by sets of compact forms that trace furrows and are compressed together with monolithic bodies of color that -in contrast- stop the sensation of flow. The tensional phenomenon of the ensemble leaves us with a visual impression of almost explosive magnitude.

The relationship between the shapes, sizes, positions, and contrasts of the elements in her paintings seem to engage each other in a struggle to occupy a space in the configuration of her canvases: hence the notion of opposing forces.

States of tension leaves us with concrete evidence of the perception of movement in María José de Simón's informalist painting.

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