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About KAUFMAN

The Kaufman art project invites you to take a trip into the past through the abstraction and geometry. Under a series of seemingly simple works, created with flat colors and thick lines are hidden several symbols that we see reflected from mathematical theorems and coordinates to game and ingenuity exercises.

KAUFMAN presents the world as a system of coordinates. A research project that continues today, describing multiple objects and symbols that are stored in our subconscious since childhood. Each of these symbols, which may belong to a simple game of entertainment, are part of our memories of childhood and youth. Signs that are rescued, dissected and reinserted into the contemporary world in search of a new meaning.

The social grid in which we live today full of guidelines and rules, is the same as the one Kaufman uses to create his compositions. Beneath layers of paint of his works there is a checkerboard where each of its cells are arranged in a sense, a grid that is sometimes visible and other times lies within. This set of horizontal and vertical lines that create a checkerboard is rooted in our most primal memories, not only as spatial organization but also as an important part of leisure and entertainment. Memories of grid games for children, calligraphy notebooks, graph paper, word searches, crossword puzzles, rubik cube, Lego building blocks, puzzles, puzzle games like Tetris, and so on.

ART OR VANDALISM

A Kaufman art piece was attacked when it was exposed. An anonymous person has taken an oversight of the surveillance to paint on one of the paintings on display. The work in question has suffered several marks made with a black marker. The piece that has suffered this vandalism is titled "Six", made with acrylic on board wich represents a geometrical figure.

The piece in question titled "Six" was created by KAUFMAN in 2009 and has been exhibited twice.

The artist said he does not feel insulted by the attack, instead he mentioned "I believe that this act has served to make the work evolve. It's great as the piece has moved from abstraction to figuration with this illegal intervention. With just a few lines of interlaced lines this figure now simulates a puppy. " "I think with this development the work should be called the Six-Dog"

The security cameras of the hall captured the moment the picture is painted in full exposure by a hooded person. We see after the youth enters goes directly to the piece and leaves the room after painting runs away.

"Undoubtedly, we face a question is it Art or Vandalism?

BEFORE & AFTER

Images of the painting before and after.

WHERE AND WHEN

Espai d’Art Ajuntament de Benidorm - Alicante - Spain

From 20th of July till the 30th of July 2010