Beatriz Esguerra ArtNavigating Space
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The human figure is one of those timeless topics that have been consistently explored throughout art history. “Navigating Space” is a group show that compiles the work of four different artists whose expressions, although all quite different, work around the exploration of this theme. The way they treat space, the relationship between the subjects and the surface or the surroundings they find themselves in, are also important aspects of these artists’ work.
In the cases of Pablo Arrázola and Armando Castro, the subjects exist within a limited, though significant amount of space. They are scattered along the plane in a way that allows them to maintain their importance while also giving some to the material on which they are materialized. Arrázola’s figures interact in a limited yet infinite space. They want to transcend from that space but can’t. Castro intervenes his materials to make sense of the vacuous space that surrounds his figures. They are drawn with the utmost detail on raw cardboard and interact with these interventions done by the artist. Materials such as paper and cardboard are employed with the purpose of highlighting their particular traits, thus becoming protagonists in the works.
Ismael Rivera juxtaposes abstract and figurative elements in his surreal landscapes. The universes in which his characters exist are incredibly atmospheric and dynamic. He studies what is hidden beyond his mistakes, in painting as in life, through his masterful use of color and layering.
Meanwhile, Mario Arroyave’s figures unfold as a pattern. There is a certain rhythm within his timeless spaces that makes them dynamic and almost surreal. Although Arroyave works a digital medium, and therefore less organic than Castro’s, Arrázola’s and Rivera’s, his interest in the human figure, and in its behavior within a certain context remains potent.
Interview with BEA director, Beatriz Esguerra
Colombian art has come into world focus. The international community has been discovering an exciting universe of ideas and cultures that for years had been a hidden treasure of artistic expressions. Suddenly, today they are at the forefront of global collections, art fairs, museums, and galleries. Colombia has flourished and is the focus of international investors in all fields including art.
Since opening in 2000, Beatriz Esguerra Art has promoted selected Colombian artists locally and internationally. The gallery is committed to fostering the careers of its represented artists, from emerging to established, through carefully curated projects, exhibitions, publications, art fair participation in the US and Latin America, and joint ventures with American galleries.
BEA provides consultation and services in commercializing art, curating exhibits, collections, and organizing art events. Its webpage, www.beatrizesguerra-art.com, is continually updated with the gallery’s and artists’ exhibits and activities, works available for sale, and local and international art market news.
Permanence, transcendence, intelligence, aesthetics, harmony, and skill, are the values that BEA looks for in art. Art should enrich both the soul and mind, in that order. With academic training in art history and more than 30 years of experience in the field, Beatriz Esguerra, director of Beatriz Esguerra Art, has always abided by her mission: to enrich lives through art, with integrity and professionalism.
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