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Azucena Vieites

Fúcares Madrid

The most startling thing about this exhibition of drawings by Azucena Vieites is just how hard they are to see. The pieces are fragmentary and incomplete, sometimes positively minuscule. At first glance, the viewer may not understand exactly what is being shown. The object, figure, or landscape—to name some of the motifs that interest this artist—is not looked at directly; rather, it invites sidelong glances, indirect ways of looking. Vieites does not believe in an all-knowing frontal vision.

Vieites draws inspiration from our image culture. Felt-tip pen in hand, she makes use of music magazines, feminist and queer publications, fanzines, catalogues, CD covers. From this material, she chooses partial images and traces them onto paper, usually in black but sometimes in color. But she is not simply mimicking or copying; instead, through her transformations she resignifies these images, giving

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