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Enric Pladevall

Vic (Barcelona), 1951

In the mid-1960s sculpture underwent a series of radical transformations that distanced it definitively from classical statuary and from the anthropomorphic representation inherited from the past, which, according to Charles Baudelaire, had made the medium boring. Sculptors at this point started to use new, industrial materials or continued to use traditional ones, but demanding new responses from them in order to construct previously unimagined forms. It is within this rich new seam that the work of Pladevall and, in particular, his sculpture Tauló I should be placed.

"Tauló I" [Plank I], 1982
Tauló I [Plank I], 1982

Interested in these new ways of interpreting art, Pladevall became involved in the world of contemporary theatre, collaborating as a set designer with the actor and choreographer Albert Vidal. As a result, he developed a spatial and rhythmic sense that is evident in Tauló I, where three previously sawn wooden planks are bent in such a manner that part of each piece rises above the flat horizontality of the board on the floor, generating a rhythmical sequence between the three planks. Stylistically, the clarity of the construction process and the simplicity of the work’s structure locate it within the radicalness of minimalism. However, the curve of the planks involves an exercise of tension that forces the natural order of the tree, which, transformed into a plank through the use of industrial-based techniques, is subject to a clearly geometrical formalization that, in other works by Pladevall, can even be interpreted as a synonym of violence.

Javier Maderuelo

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