Dallas Art Fair 2017
April 06, 2017 - April 09, 2017 Fashion Industry Gallery at 1807 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201
Beatriz Esguerra Art is pleased to participate in the Dallas Art Fair, featuring works by nine Colombian artists who each transform their vision and perception of their heritage, history and culture into unique works that reflect the universality of human experience. The works, highly sophisticated in form and content, discreetly and tastefully present powerful messages that concern not only Colombia, but the world as well.
Working in a wide range of styles and materials, this exhibition emphasizes the richness and diversity present in contemporary Colombian art.
“Colombian art is one of the world’s best kept secrets; a resounding subtlety, quietly shouting to be discovered. Artists are inspired and influenced not only by their constantly changing reality, but also by the varied politics, customs and histories that result from a complex geography” says owner Beatriz Esguerra. “Colombia is a country of passion, magical realism, beauty and humor. All of this comes through in its artists’ works.” (Outlet Mag, Jan 3, 2017)
Photographers Mario Arroyave, Max Steven Grossman and Luis Carlos Tovar each deal with fundamental contemporary issues. Grossman examines concepts of extinction and preservation, presenting idealized libraries that determine what should be valued and remembered over time. Arroyave channels his own obsession with the passage of time into choreographed movements that repeat themselves, playing with traditional notions of temporality. Tovar explores and deconstructs identity and collective memory, working with immigrants in Colombia and abroad.
Carolina Convers uses collage and color to study the evolution of women's role in society. Elsa Zambrano comments upon the desire to collect and possess, presenting interpretations of unattainable masterpieces with incisive humor. Armando Castro’s beautiful drawings simplify urban life, slowing it down to singular moments, forcing us to look more closely at the little things we often overlook in our complex and relentless society. Teresa Currea constructs 3-dimensional worlds out of paper; imaginary, humorous and surreal, they float in boxes suspended on the wall.
Abstract artists Santiago Uribe-Holguin and Pablo Posada approach their creative process in distinctly different manners. Posada works in glass, forming elegant wall and floor sculptures that contemplate the perpetual flow and forces of nature. The abstract canvases of Uribe-Holguin are warm and textured, creating a nuanced language drawn from European formalist constructs, the varied Colombian landscape, chimeras of memory, and the spiritual value of the daily act of painting.
Despite their varied perspectives they are all Colombian, rooted in the land, history, politics and culture of one of America's oldest democracies. Each has a unique vision and voice that while shaped in their homeland, reflect the global issues that currently inform contemporary art.