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28 March 2012 – 05 May 2012
Based on travels, experiences in countries like India, Sri Lanka, and cities like Madrid or London, Rocio Asensi (Madrid 1971), one of the most elusive and sensitive artists of her generation, presents us with a long-awaited new project where she shows some differences and possible complementarities between East and West.
As usual in her work, the artist presents the project “East & West” with a fully multidisciplinary character. This is how we will enjoy the artist’s ability to use different elements such as light, video, sound or sculpture interrelated to configure a deeply evocative, poetic and reflective path. “East & West” launches a new re-vision on the comparisons and confrontations of different cultures through individual pieces that show the characteristics of each one of them, as well as the complementarity between both carried out with joint pieces.

But above all, Asensi, in this new exhibition, reflects in an inspiring way the current critical moment in which Western society finds itself in particular. A society in which perhaps, that “modern man” who pointed out in a clairvoyant way C.G. Jung, does not understand to what extent his extreme “rationalism” has destroyed his capacity to respond to ideas and numerical symbols, and has put him at the mercy of the psychic “underworld”. That is, “he has perhaps rid himself of “superstition” (or so he believes), but in the meantime he has lost his spiritual values to a positively dangerous degree. This is how our artist, with a certain critical spirit, but also enlivening and encouraging, directs the focus towards the values of our current society and reflects in an allegorical tone its rhythms and priorities. Her works seem to elegantly question our preferences and what we would really change about this society. What is more, he seems to ask us in his last stay: What have we left behind? Have we (as Jung would say again) lost a spiritual and moral tradition that is causing a terrible disorientation and dissociation spread all over the world?

Beyond the eternal and comparative clichés between East and West, what we find in this suggestive exhibition by Rocío Asensi could ultimately be a new search for that common root that unites us all, perhaps that “Anima mundi” as the Greeks called it. In this exhibition, there is, therefore, a reconciling breath for the most natural part of our being and our world.

As in his previous projects, Asensi seems to channel or crystallize with his works subtle fields that coexist in a parallel reality and seem to reflect our subconscious (collective?) as ectoplasms that manifest the magical and mysterious side of this existence; all this without ceasing to provoke in the spectator continuous points of transcendental and expansive reflection.

Without a doubt, we could say that Rocío Asensi is an artist who works for a new era, since from her beginnings she works with courage, temperance and full consciousness when it comes to directing her sharp intuition towards the construction of a new, more harmonious and hopeful paradigm. And this, in my opinion, at this point in the story and with which it is falling, is not only to be thanked, but something more than urgent and necessary.
José Luis Serzo