I keep asking DVS for some sort of explanation about his work. He keeps avoiding this . I think this means I have to just get on with it? The most important thing I can see? Painting and writing in De Villo’s work is a medium of unconscious self-awareness.
The continued use of Rorschach Blots also points to this. These blots are ambiguous of course – but do you see a person in here? I certainly do.
Painting IS a self-conscious act – it continually looks over its shoulder to see who and what has gone before whilst at the same time looking within and around for ideas and yes, dare I say it, a sense of affirmation.
And Asemics? Well, that’s a writing system that occurs consciously - unconsciously . To combine these two mediums in one series is a very interesting juxtaposition - the imagination begins to mediate between form and medium. For me, the imagination sorts and then perceives. Here is an Asemic Wanderer. I have used this terminology in correspondence before - entities that are searching for a place in a post-literate society.
Here there is the definite creation of form through text. Illegible text for sure, but structure for certain.
I like the fact that De Villo’s work aesthetically echos the concept of shadow writing. The differing pressures of his letters create a palimpsest effect where some text is in the fore, but a large amount – the rear guardians, those who were there first, fade to make way for the new.
Thanks DVS – I wait A LONG TIME to get your work, but its always worth it!