July 31, 2021

José María Yturralde: “When the miracle of art occurs we know what happens, but we do not know how”

What book do you have in your hands?

Now A sea without limits. A human history of the oceans, by David Abulafia, and as a constant, since I bought it at the MIT Coop on November 26, 1975, I reread Synergetics, Explorations in the Geometry of Thinkingby Buckminster Fuller. The geometries of the Soul!

What makes you give up reading a book?

It often happens that the book abandons me, almost always for reasons I do not know.

With which character (real or fictional) would you like to have coffee tomorrow?

Yes, please, talk over a good coffee… I would like to be with God and if he is very busy and cannot tomorrow, with someone closer, very sensitive, not at all arrogant, with the Cuban poet Dulce María de Loynaz.

Do you remember the first book you read?

Twenty thousand leagues of underwater travel Jules Verne, a dream that I have since tried to make come true.

How do you like to read, what are your reading habits?

Quiet, silent, isolated, better at night and on paper, although I also use a computer, tablet, audiobooks. If I find the moment I read during the day, on trips …

What experience changed your way of seeing the world?

Contemplate the Ryoanji Zen Garden, from the s. XV, in Kyoto it was an illumination, a door that was opened to me by the flow of what is and we are, matter, space-time, spirit.

In your work, the scientific and the mystical intersect. How do you get both universes to coexist?

We are spirit and matter, a whole with characteristics that science alone cannot explain. The miracle of art, for example, when it occurs we know that it happens, but we do not know how.

Is abstraction a way to escape from reality?

On the contrary, abstraction in art, at least in the art that I intend, is a form of reality, absolutely imbricated in the search, of what it seems that we apprehend reality about the essence.

What does the circle that you go to so much in your work mean?

The circle is a geometric shape that I try to give meaning and meaning to. The series I call Enso, which in Japanese means circle, seeks to dialogue, inquire, with an idea of ​​infinity, emptiness, totality.

What does your exhibition have Buddhist constellations?

The approach to this form of Eastern wisdom is relative because my training is Western, but this exhibition is the answer to the fascination with the sublime spectacle of the universe. Trying to flow with it all is perhaps the most obvious “Buddhist” aspect.

What is the last exhibition you have visited?

Eye and landscape, by Juan Uslé, in Bombas Gens, in Valencia. An enveloping, intense exhibition, at the limits of light and darkness, full of quiet vibrations, echoes of the past and the future. To come back and stay.

Does criticism matter to you, is it useful for you?

I care and it serves me when it is serious and consistent. I understand it then as an intelligent conversation.

What play has recently impacted you?

Atman, The Farewell, the last representation of an admirable and already mythical Valencian company, Ananda Dansa.

What movie have you seen the most times?

2001: A Space Odyssey by Kubrick. After so many years it continues to give me renewed dreams.

What series have you been hooked on?

Now to none, but more or less time ago I was with Los Soprano, The Good Wife Y The bridge.

What music do you listen to at home?

Mainly classical and jazz. I am moved by the whole history of music. Although the one I return to the most is Bach or Louis Armstrong with their famous Hot Five and Hot Seven. I listen from Stravinsky to Ligeti, Philip Glass, Luis de Pablo, Tomás Marco or Teresa Catalán …

Do you like Spain? Give us your reasons.

I like its art, its landscapes, its history, its people, its differences, its lights and its shadows. I do not like many behaviors, policies and situations that make us suffer. But yes, I love Spain.