Javier Joven

The IAACC Pablo Serrano holds an exhibition, Contra Acción, with a sample of works by Javier Joven summarizing the thinking and searching which have motivated the artist’s work in recent years.  As Susana Blas remarks in the catalogue accompanying the event, this exhibition amounts to an emotional manifesto; or rather an “anti–manifesto”, given the artist’s refusal to defend any absolute proposal beyond simply letting oneself go. Joven invites us to take an inward journey, stop for a while, and enter into an intermediate, almost timeless state, inspired by Taoism and the practice of Wu Wei, the kind of emotional state that promotes a certain passivity or alternative to action; which, despite its frailty and fragility, can, like water, adapt itself to any shape.