David Sorensen - Studio 3.0



Essay by Federico Ramos Sanchez, Director
Guanajuato, Mexico

('Horizon Series' catalogue 2004)

David Sorensen • Horizon Series by Federico Ramos Sanchez, Gutierre Aceves

During the period after World War II, on the west coast of the United States, a movement that was intense and personal emerged and was called, to the dismay of many, the “Pacific School”. This school sacrificed gesturality and illustration for a major preoccupation with plastic values and space. A painting that was meditative and that surpassed all the limits of dreaming.

David Sorensen does not illustrate, he expresses. He makes visible a space that is flat in it’s depths, for the most part through the use of pure colors applied in vertical and horizontal lines that comprise the broad openness of “color field painting”; this characterizing all the valiant warriors of the movement and challenges of the those times. Pure values, bands of irregular contours, meaningful ones, which seem to float in spaces, and give to them a definition. Plasticity and intensity that continually form an expression of the line that separates transcendent and superfluous. Rich spaces, worked with pictorial matter, filled with surprises, the sensation of order, harmonies, and above all, of refinement. Sensuality with flashes of illusion, and reflections of a spatial dimension that chooses a spiritual order. Traces of Oriental ritual, the rigor of Zen.

Works on canvas that are integrations of the walls that have acted in their inspiration, the results of a singular plasticity. Soft light, thin traces that run through, forward or upward, breaking the original stillness. Light filled planes like the dawn that find control with promises reflecting no given point of view, but that also reject the enforced vision of Baroque chapels and overloaded meanings.

Rites and circumstances that are met on a daily basis, profound in their proximity to an empty formal language, and encounters that have no end.

Contemplation, ecstasies, solitude, promises fulfilled, deliberate color, abstraction without interruption, and intentions that find fulfillment in each daily ritual of the creation of David Sorensen.


Essay by Gutierre Aceves
Coordinator, Casa ITESO Clavigero
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

('Horizon Series' catalogue 2004)

David Sorensen’s two latest series of paintings share a bond of kinship, and their suggestive titles – Suite de l’Estrie and Horizon Series – afford us, from the start, a clear notion of his art. Suite and horizon – music and space – are at the essence of his work. Sorensen’s paintings link composition and emotion thanks to the confidence and the intensity that he places on colors.

Three compositional solutions can be discerned in his Horizon Series: Color Bars, Base Lines, and Stratas. Through them, Sorensen walks the line between lyrical gesture and geometrical rigor.

In these works made for contemplation color is the protagonist, as proven by his sense of composition and their chromatic harmony, that become more seductive each time one looks at them.

These paintings by David Sorensen reconcile us with pure painting, giving us images that are true horizons, spaces in which the view extends in every direction.

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