Atlas Elipticalis explores the complexities of the relational models and the overabundance of emotional and intellectual, physical and psychic elements that link or thread life, turning it into a vibrant state in which we struggle… Offering resistance in the meantime. We express that resistance through our effort and tools that we develop with better or worse spiritual and technical skills.
Atlas Elipticalis is a reference to a homonymous musical composition by John Cage, Atlas Eclipticalis (1961/62), inspired by the Czech astronomer Antonin Becvár (1901-1965). In the 50s, Becvár created a series of star-charts that were immensely useful over decades. Cage’s work uses Becvár’s star-charts to unfold and superimpose in them Operations of Chance and Transformation.
On this occasion, José Maldonado has collaborated with a group of contemporary artists from different aesthetic and creative fields. Mieke Bal, Agustín Fernández Mallo, Kenneth Goldsmith and Tálata Rodríguez put forward their ideas about the connection between the pairing ellipse and ellipsis. Their thoughts are recorded into audio tapes and stuck into large color grounds, painted and subtly texturized, which orbit around themselves.