This text by Venezuelan curator and critic Ariel Jiménez was featured in the exhibition catalogue for Jesús Soto. Lo visible y lo posible, organized by the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas and presented at the Museo de Arte de Coro. On the basis of his understanding of the “concept of beauty” in artistic creation, Jiménez attempts to grasp the true meaning of the work and thinking of Venezuelan artist Jesús Rafael Soto (1923–2005). In Jiménez’s view, Soto’s work is the product of the evolution of the creativity innate to the human species; it goes beyond the traditional concepts applied to art (color, form, line, and point). Soto’s visual experimentation has a significant philosophical facet as well in terms of its conception of space, although scientific theories of optical perception are also crucial to Soto’s work. Jiménez holds that “true” abstract art eschews figurative principles and refuses to make representations of elements taken from nature. In Jiménez’s view, abstract art is not the maximum stylization of a representation; what it is instead is “art for art’s sake,” art in a pure state with no need to represent anything. To that end, the artist must leave behind all established rules of composition, balance, and color. Jiménez emphasizes that Soto reached the heights of his philosophy with the idea underlying his “penetrables,” in which the work and the viewer come together to form a single entity. These works leave behind fixed temporality to make way for a new dimension of time where the moment of contact between the work and the individual assumes a new role.
For other texts on artist Jesús Soto, see by Alfredo Boulton “Jesús Soto 1971” , and “El cinetismo de Soto” ; the article by Alejandro Otero “Las estructuras cinéticas de Jesús Soto” ; by Guillermo Meneses “Soto” ; the text by various authors “Soto: Estructuras cinéticas” ; the essay “Sin título” (catalogue text for the exhibition “Vibrations by Soto” at The Kootz Gallery 1965) ; by Roberto Guevara “La energía como realidad” ; by Vladimir Tismaneanu “La metafísica del espacio en la obra de Soto” ; and the interview by Roberto Guevara “La nueva lectura de la realidad: Una conversación con el maestro Jesús Soto” .