Paisaje en hormigón, 1970

Inspired by nature and the mineral world, Mateos recreates a fantastic landscape, abrupt and broken, in which the rocks emerge from the ground as if they had crystallised in the form of reinforced concrete twins.

With this "Landscape in concrete", Mateos recreates a primordial nature as a response to naturalist mimesis, with a geometric structure, where its broken volumes seem to expand anarchically.

We can observe the marked texture of the formwork, with the different directions adopted in each plane by the arrangement of the wooden slats; this contains an evident pretension: the vindication of concrete as an expressive medium, as a sculptural material.

The question that arises is: to what extent is the form a consequence of the material used, or is the concrete simply the medium capable of responding to a previous intention?

The answer is to be found in the plasticity of the material, which gives the effect of a unitary mass that is at the same time mouldable to the creative intention.

Viewers can access, if they wish, the sketches and preliminary drawings of this work by means of the QR "Genesis of a work", which can be found at its base.

Paisaje en hormigón, 1970
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