Permanent Collection

José Luis Gómez Perales

Madrid, 1923 - Buenafuente del Sistal (Guadalajara), 2008

In 1968 the Calculus Center of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid set up the Seminar for the Analysis and Automatic Generation of Visual Forms, a pioneering institution for computer-assisted calculus that attracted a large number of Spanish abstract, constructivist and concrete painters, including Eusebio Sempere, José Luis Alexanco, Manuel Barbadillo, Elena Asins, José María Yturralde and Gómez Perales. In the early 1970s, during the initial years of computer applications, these artists succeeded in offering a renewed image of geometrical abstraction and of so-called "normative art".

"Bajorrelieve 1" [Bas-relief 1], 1988
Bajorrelieve 1 [Bas-relief 1], 1988

The visual research undertaken at the seminar focused on the generation of series of shapes, starting from basic modules that could be combined and subjected to simple geometrical operations such as division, repetition, symmetry, translation or rotation. These shapes determined the course of Gómez Perales’ work, which he based on modular forms created from repeated units with geometrical patterns. Thus, Gómez Perales made use of the economy of means and need for clarity of the creative processes that was characteristic of the seminar in order to create works of notable formal purity through the use of simple geometrical elements and processes and of restrained colors devoid of any theatricality or expressivity. From a formal viewpoint, this type of painting could be described as minimalist, given that it responds to the structural postulates of that style, although Gómez Perales pursued an individual path, avoiding all commercial trends.

Javier Maderuelo

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