In 1960, Venezuelan filmmaker Angel Hurtado together with art critic Clara Diament de Sujo made a short film describing the various stages involved in Soto’s art making process. Following is a transcript of this innovative film.
The artist begins by randomly collecting scrap / thrown out as rubbish / useless / that must be used to make a mural. There is no preconceived plan. No predetermined form / things will develop under their own impetus and dictate their demands. . . . The rest [of the] panel is finished and left aside. [Soto] now begins to compose a mesh of wires / a sort of tangle of knots and sharp points. He uses a factory as his workshop, and if he does not use brushes or pencils it is because it is more appropriate to use a power saw/ a mallet/ a file/ a drill/ a hammer/ pliers / a welder and even an electric one / if not an anvil and a crucible. Flames / sparks / re begin to attack the wire so that it can be twisted / broken and joined until it forms a whole in accordance with the secret plan scarcely formed in Soto’s imagination . . . Now he applies himself to painting lines…, which are to be used as the background. A slow process, painting lines, always more identical lines / furrows of white paint. . . All the different parts are starting to come together / the work begins to assume its final unity. The whole thing is imbued with vibration, and the drama of forces in motion can begin. (Angel Hurtado and Clara Diament de Sujo, "Así nace un mural con Jesús Soto," CAL, no. 3, Caracas May 1962).
Two years later, Soto would acknowledge that "with all this experience I had gained over the previous years, I came back once again to the organization and rigorous distribution of plastic elements. I retained the system of superimposition and the metallic structures, but only as the basis for a single preoccupation: the quest for pure vibration, the transformation of material elements into light, the breaking down of rigid matter into elastic matter . . . Pure vibration appeared as a relationship between thousands of other unknowns. (Jesús Rafael Soto,“Teoría de Jesús Soto,” El minero, Vol. 7, no. 11, Caracas September - October 1967, p. 6).
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