PABLO PATRUCCO

(May 8 – June 23, 2009)

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Oil on canvas, 90 x 210 cm., 2009
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ENLACE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO Gallery (Av. Pardo y Aliaga 676, San Isidro) announces the opening of the solo exhibition EL BARROCO FRÍO by PABLO PATRUCCO, next Friday, May 8. Pablo Patrucco (Lima, 1975). Graduated from the Escuela Superior de Arte Corriente Alterna (2000), as well as pursuing studies at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos School of Art. He has held four solo shows: Íconos (Icons) (Lima, 2004); Espacios Comunes (Common Spaces) (Lima, 2005); and Litoral (Coastline), in Santa Cruz de la Sierra and La Paz, Bolivia (2007). He is the winner of the Third Phillips Prize for Young Artists (1999) and first prize at the VII Salón de Dibujo at the ICPNA (2002). He was a finalist in the Second Young Artists’ Contest organized by the Municipalidad de Miraflores (2003) and the Fourth Passport for an Artist Visual Arts Contest organized by the French Embassy in Peru (2003). He participated as a guest artist in the Eighth Sharjah Biennale (2007), United Arab Emirates;and in the IN-FUSIÓN (IN-FUSION) Contemporary Peruvian Art exhibition at the Instituto Cervantes in Berlin and Munich, Germany in 2007 and 2008, respectively. In 2008, his work traveled between Berlin, Germany; Prague, Czech Republic; and Warsaw, Poland, as part of the exhibition “Develaciones – Tendencias. Tres artistas peruanos” (“Unveilings – Trends: Three Peruvian Artists”). He also participated in the ITCA Triennale in Prague (2008);and group shows at Enlace Arte Contemporáneo in Lima and Buenos Aires in 2009. This exhibition brings together ten works made using both oil and screen printing, medium and large in size. The works are centered around images carefully selected by the artist to depict a quotidian quality that is often imperceptible to our eyes. Shelves, store and display windows, among others, become the perfect setting for immobile protagonists, where a wide range of icons (as dissimilar as Pre-Hispanic Moche pottery or figures of saints) offer a clear reflection of the idiosyncrasies (in this case, religious) of different eras, pointing precisely to the varied and overelaborate nature of their practitioners. It is exactly this overelaborate nature that acts as the sign that unifies the exhibition, a kind of folk baroqueness that is reflected in the window displays of different businesses, an indication of a society whose beliefs and practices are chosen from among a multiplicity of options. “There’s something for everyone,” as the saying goes. The series of images that forms part of EL BARROCO FRÍO are marked by a hyperrealistic style, a technique employed with a masterful touch by the artist, making his oeuvre one of the most attractive in Peru’s contemporary arts circles. Of the work of Pablo Patrucco, Gustavo Buntinx says: “Possessing a radical openness to the gaze. Even the most restrained of these images alludes, elliptically, to that obscenity: Moche huacos discreetly lined up and displayed in the storage spaces open to the public at the Museo Rafael Larco Hoyle. And the popular votive offerings, crudely but sincerely carved from poor variants of marble to make a public display of the mystical intimacies that cover the old mausoleum of Sarita Colonia.” (…) “There is a visual hunger and satiety that the unflappable hyperrealism of these paintings simultaneously lays bare with an almost clinical approach. Sometimes literally, as in the diptych that reproduces the orderly chaos of bootlegged movies placed illegally but exhibitionistically on sale in all of the city’s informal businesses. The result of this interpretation is a mosaic of dissimilar images standardized by the design of their packaging, and through the obsession, the optical perversion that dominates us and saturates us. Crucial here, as in the rest of the works, are the clippings and framings that pack the canvas with the reiteration of the elements portrayed, without allowing for a breath of air through borders of any kind.” (Gustavo Buntinx, catalogue text, 2009). The exhibition may be viewed through June 25, Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. No entry fee.