At times, this series evokes the spectral grids of Agnes Martin, or the poetically arranged textiles of Eva Hess—but the works in Ortega’s “Notebook” series have a more gothic, informational sensibility. Tightly contained scribblings, neat stains of enamel and wood varnish, and indiscernible graphs populate these pages. Sometimes sparse, sometimes explosive, they indicate a sort of decaying mathematics. Created by translating sound onto the two-dimensional surfaces of the squared pages, these works illustrate Ortega’s post-minimal aesthetic, a reaction against closed geometric forms in favor of something more personal and open-ended.
— Rob Goyanes

Selected Works