David Lamelas has explored a great diversity of media, transiting pop, conceptualism and media art throughout a sustained career of more than fifty years. In 1964 and 1965 he producted paintings of irregular shapes that broke the conventions of the pictoral plane. Made of eleven canvases and one steel plate, the no longer extant painting, Mujer corriendo en doce secciones (‘Woman running in twelve sections’, 1965) – upon which this new publication is based – was one such example.
This rare view of his spatialist paintings of the sixties marks an important moment in Lamelas’ career: his departure from two-dimensional geometries of traditional painting space in favor of site-specific spatial conceptualizations such as El Super Elástico (‘The Super Elastic’, 1965-2017), which informed the work for which he is best known today. Printed using a single slide photograph for reference – also taken in 1965 and the pieces’ sole documentation – the edition reactivates Lamelas’ lost painting in a new form. Keeping with the material and conceptual considerations of the 1965 work that inspired it, this publication incorporates hand-applied aluminum foil elements and a welded aluminum framed designed by the artist.