MAURICE MONTERO

(December 4, 2012 – January 19, 2013)

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DANCE, FROM THE SERIES KAMA-SUTRA
Polychrome wood, bamboo 42 x 15 x 14 cm.
DANCE, FROM THE SERIES KAMA-SUTRA VOL AU VENT CADENCE II METAMORPHOSIS CADENCE BESTIAL, FROM THE SERIES KAMA-SUTRA

ENLACE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO Gallery (Av. Pardo y Aliaga 676, San Isidro) announces the opening of the exhibition CADENCIAS by MAURICE MONTERO, next Tuesday, December 4 y at 7.30 p.m. The artist will be present. Maurice Montero (France, 1960) is French-born sculptor who has called Ecuador his second home since 1984. It is there were he has engaged in a large part of his artistic activity, nourishing himself on the warmth and color of the country’s people. His work invades urban spaces, infusing them with a certain playful and unpreoccupied air. His works are on display in different places in Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador, and are held in private collections in Russia, France, the United States, Saudi Arabia, England, Spain, Canada, and Switzerland. Since 2003, he has exhibited in solo and collective shows, with some of his individual exhibitions including: “Exposición esculturas mecánicas” (“Mechanical Sculpture Exhibition”) at Galería Madelaine Hollander, Guayaquil, Ecuador (2003); and “Exposición esculturas mecánicas” (“Mechanical Sculpture Exhibition”) at Galería Aymara, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, Ecuador (2008). He currently lives and works in Quito, Ecuador. On this occasion, Montero presents a group of eight sculptures, of which the historian Alexandra Kennedy writes: “The current exhibition in Lima at the prestigious Galería Enlace offers two iconographic series. One displays the artist’s interest in people who built machines that never flew, made by instinct; and the other, more recent, that of the Kamasutra, hybrid figures who take up the challenge of uniting their bodies, exuding passion and eroticism. Both actions—that of flying, that of loving—may be repeated over and over using handles operated by the visitor, who looks at and feels the movement of not only the action captured by the artist, but also the complex set of gears painstakingly constructed to be viewed in each one of the pieces. The artist and the scientist together in each one of the works. As such, the toy ceases to be a futile pastime and becomes an extraordinary machine entailing a great effort in its patient construction, able to trigger a series of dissimilar reactions in the visitor. Montero is also, it turns out, an alchemist of a variety of materials manipulated using an infinity of tools. While the base is wood, his table sculptures or public works incorporate a variety of other materials, such as leaves, wax paper, cloth, metal, and many more. And he does so with humor. His figures delight the spectator-operator with their self-assured, amusing, unexpected attitudes, whether in the artist’s bird-men with their impossible flights, recalling the mythical Icarus, or in the unscrupulous and fleeting games of a pair of lovers. His lovers—men and women in animal masks—express Montero’s desire for a perfect coupling, inspired by his reading of the Kamasutra, which establishes similar categories in a couple’s limbs: small bodies represented by the hare (masculine being) and the doe; medium-sized bodies by the bull and the mare; and large ones by the horse and the elephant. These automatons/tightrope walkers also emphasize that which is so important in good relations: both the intellectual and the sexual. The artist adds elements such as the sound made by the insertion of a bellows. Thus, acts of love or attempts to fly become a series of actions situated somewhere between playful and mechanical, laying bare the complexity of human relations.” The exhibition may be viewed through January 19, from Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. No entry fee.