Acrylic painting on canvas. “Unsteadiness” is a foray into abstract conceptualism that the artist uses as an expression of insecurity in a new environment, hostile in some manner, such as a big city like Madrid. The central shape represents the author, identifiable by color, surrounded by an uneven environment and harassed by lines pointing to the exact center. “Unsteadiness” exudes the anxiety or insecurity that filled the mood of the artist at the time.
Conceptual art, sometimes simply called Conceptualism, is art in which the concepts or ideas involved in the work take precedence over traditional aesthetic and material concerns. Many works of conceptual art, sometimes called installations, may be constructed by anyone simply by following a set of written instructions.
In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work. When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes a machine that makes the art.
It could be said that one of the reasons why the term “conceptual art” has come to be associated with various contemporary practices far removed from its original aims and forms lies in the problem of defining the term itself. It is not always entirely clear what “concept” refers to, and it runs the risk of being confused with “intention.” Thus, in describing or defining a work of art as conceptual it is important not to confuse what is referred to as “conceptual” with an artist’s “intention.”