Isabel del Rio new art book: The Shadow of the Art
Interview by John Glass
John Glass.- Tomorrow is a great day. Your essay about art and artists titled “The Shadow of the Art” is going to be published. Why this book and why this moment?
Isabel del Rio.- As you know, I’m writing about art and artists every day. Together with Martin Cid, I’m founder and editor at Yareah magazine. Then, art and writing are a constant in our lives. We receive artwork for different artists, galleries and countries, we review some of them, we enjoy most. Art definition is today a problem. Art has been so alive during the last century that it’s difficult to establish the limits between art and no art. I needed to express my personal idea and summer is a good moment to write as well as autumn is a good moment to publish, a good moment for being at home reading… My book?
John Glass.- Why this poetic title?
Isabel del Rio.- Same idea. Since it’s so difficult to say what is art, maybe is better to think that we only can see its shadow… Anyway, it’s always a poetic shadow, because even the shadow of the art is a connection with our dreams and fantasies.
John Glass.- What is the book structure?
Isabel del Rio.- I liked a lively approach to the subject and I’m lucky since I’ve the magazine, a permanent forum of opinions. The book is a collection of art articles, modified (or not) after feed backing with my readers and their thoughts. In my opinion, the result is great, because I’ve broken the glass of the picture frame (as Cubists did) and articles are as facets which show a different point of view about artistic manifestations. For example, a sculptor from the Middle Ages had a very different idea about his/her work that a Pop artist and it’s necessary to understand both of them.
JG.- Is ‘The Shadow of the Art’ and essay about Art History?
IR.- No, not at all. It’s true I’ve tried to analyze an artistic spot of every great moment of the Western influences in the art, from Ancient Egypt to Performance or Abject Art, and from Praxiteles to Jasper Johns (to say some names) but I’ve analyzed in a very personal way, sometimes poetic, sometimes ironic. I believe Art is freedom and nobody should establish its limits. Academicism is not art, also it stimulated the rebellion and rebellion is always very artistic.
JG.- Then, What is Art?
IR.- Well, you should read the book. Anyway, I think is an attitude. I think Art is what an artist makes, and it’s difficult to grow up and to keep on being honest, authentic, creative, rebellious, nonconformist, fantastic, scandalous, bold, fear, sweet, strange, even abject… Yes, I’ve just said: a difficult way of behaving, opposite to social conformism.
JG.- Very well. Then, I’ll read the book and afterwards maybe we can talk again. But before finishing I’d like to ask you for new projects.
IR.- I’m writing something about myths and legends but I’m not going to say more for the moment. Thanks for the interview
Thanks to you and good luck, Isabel del Rio.