Analytical Board, No. 10

Analytical Board No. 10

I highly value abstraction even though I don’t consider myself a pure abstract artist. It allows me to channel emotions and feelings that have a regenerating and fortifying effect. Everyday events, confrontations, contradictions, motivations, expectations; all find their way in the evolution of the unconscious, which recodes them into conjunctions of shapes, textures and colors captured on a canvas as automatic snapshots.

I have been working on the Analytical Boards series in different moments for almost a decade. Each group of pieces, separated in time in terms of production, even though they have a common thread, also retain different experiences and feelings from my life throughout these years. When I work on this series it is as if I were doing a kind of self-psychoanalytic session, in which many times the final result escapes the preconceived design I could have at the beginning. The forms and lines trace their path under a state of psychic automatism guided only by the subconscious. It is a state of "abstract trance".

Analytical Board No. 10 is part of a group of six works that marked the restart of the series after 5 years. At that moment, the succession of adverse events motivated me to rediscover spiritualist and esoteric currents. I believe in the spiritual universality that establishes congruence between diverse events described in the time-space line of each person. I am also an admirer of the Sun as a source of divine and vital energy for life.

Following this way of thinking, I designed and activated six personal protection seals combining the representation of the Sun, as a central energetic element, with inferences I made of protective angels’ seals – which are abstract in their graphic nature. I started to use these seals to purify and protect the spirits and they constituted a strong motivation in the new stage of Analytical Boards. In these canvases, motifs of these seals, that are not entirely distinguishable in the final work due to their intentional fragmentation, are incorporated as conductive elements of the general and common discourse throughout the series: the control and order mechanisms imposed on all circles of societies.

-Samuel Riera

Analytical Wheel (Detail)

The Artist At Work.

Samuel Riera is a painter, teacher, mentor and gallerist, but in this series he reveals his inner nature, that of the mystic.

The paintings that comprise this Analytical Board series are inspired, in part, by the obsolescence of outdated technology, an ongoing condition in Cuba. Age can be felt in the scratched patina worn into areas of the canvases. The small gridded squares bordering some of the works might be read as analog pixels from a burned-out computer screen. That is what appears on the surface of the canvas upon the first viewing.

When you look more closely, some other elements arise. Some by hand. Some by chance. Some from an unseen force conjured from Samuel’s subconscious through a divinative, self-induced trance of automatism, drawing influences from a wide range of internal sources that evoke our own inner worlds, excavating forgotten memories from our collective past.

The use of symbols for magical purposes has been widespread since the Neolithic era. These paintings include personal sigils, or symbols, and employ private imprinted seals not unlike the works of abstract pioneer Hilma af Klimt. Known only to the author, these secrets are not meant to be revealed. In Riera's work, what was once seen as a broken pixel field now, as if by sleight of hand, becomes an adorned border of non-numerical magic squares forming complex sacred geometrics of balance and/or symmetry. 

The series presents, contemplates, and solves alchemical formulas and esoteric equations throughout. These exercises are interwoven between layers of color and washes of abstraction, mapping the coordinates of a subconscious journey leading us towards the artist's desired outcome.

New Triptych in Progress.

"Analytical Boards assimilate the wear, the disuse, the obsolete technology as aesthetic. Patterns that can be easily related to social schemes prevailing in the present Cuban reality are explored, such as the espionage of the absurd, the aggressive and obsolete behavior within society, as well as the lack of Internet and high tech, elements that constrain and shape thought, consciousness and the possibility of establishing future patterns of a more suitable reality."

The Artist At Work

"Error is always the best source, and the most needed; error is the opportune twist to reality that transforms things, it is the patron guided by the divine that ends up as art because nobody defines it."

-Samuel Riera

The Artist At Work

No. 10 (Detail)

Samuel Riera

No. 10 (Detail)

SAMUEL RIERA   Analytical Boards

Analytical Board No. 1 (Four Piece Set), 2012

Acrylic on Canvas

35 ½” x 35 ½” each

Analytical Board No. 4, 2018

Acrylic on Canvas

31 ½”W x 43 ¼”H

Analytical Board No. 2

Electronic Anarchy (Diptych), 2012

Acrylic on Canvas

31 ½”W x 63”H

Analytical Board No.3, 2018

Acrylic on Canvas

51 ½”W x 78 ¾”H

Analytical Board No. 5, 2018

Acrylic on Canvas

31 ½”W x 39 ¼”H

Analytical Board No. 6 (Diptych), 2012

Acrylic on Canvas

59”W x 11 ¾”H each

Analytical Board No. 9, 2018

Acrylic on canvas

31.5” x 39.25”

Analytical Board No. 11, 2018

Acrylic on canvas

31.5” x 39.25”

Analytical Board, Organic No. 15, 2018

Dry Pastel on Canvas

39.5”W x 31.5”H

Analytical Board, Organic No. 17, 2018

Dry Pastel on Canvas

35.5”W x 31.5”H

Analytical Board No. 10, 2018

Acrylic on canvas

31.5” x 39.25”

Analytical Board No. 12, 2018

Acrylic on canvas

31.5” x 39.25”

Analytical Board, Organic No. 16, 2018

Dry Pastel on Canvas

39.5”W x 31.5”H

Analytical Board, Organic No. 18, 2018

Dry Pastel on Canvas

35.5”W x 39.5”H

No. 3, 2018

Acrylic on Canvas

70”W x 69”H

Mechanical Spirituality, 2018

Acrylic on Canvas

51.5”W x 90.5”H

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