JORGE VIGIL

(November 14 – December 29, 2010)

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UNTITLED
Oil on canvas, 44 x 175.8 cm., 2010
UNTITLED THE FLIGHT OF THE BLUE BUTTERFLY THE IRREVERSIBLE ANGEL UNTITLED APOCALYPTIC WINTER, FROM THE FOUR SEASONS SERIES UNTITLED

ENLACE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO Gallery (Av. Pardo y Aliaga 676, San Isidro) presents the solo exhibition composed of recent works by the renowned artist JORGE VIGIL, next Tuesday, December 14 at 7.30 p.m. Jorge Vigil (Lima, 1963) finished his studies in 1988 at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes of Peru. A resident of Paris since 1990, he has engaged in intense artistic activity in France, the United States, Indonesia, and, of course, Lima, from where he initially departed with a grant from the French government to study at the Pau School of Communications. Among other distinctions, he won Second Prize at the Salón Lefranc Bougeois, Southwest Region in 1992; the Premio Cadena, Villa Montauban, in 1994; and in 2000, the prize at the First Villa de Nay Festival, all in France. In this exhibition, visitors may observe twenty-five works, including paintings and drawings of different sizes, all recent, making use of different techniques such as oil, acrylic, and mixed media on canvas, panels, and paper. These works were born of a process of technical experimentation based on the use of black backgrounds, resulting in compositions marked by a fiery temperament, with lively contrasts and great chromatic richness. In these new pieces, the artist plays with forms delineated against the darkness in order to make them stand out more, giving them a more active role. While his early works sought to form a link between drawing and painting, the introduction of this technical innovation now seeks to separate the two disciplines, distancing him a bit (according to the artist himself) from drawing, although this does not mean that he will cease to experiment in that field. This series does not neglect themes such as nature, insectariums, the ambiguity of the human body, and a heavy dose of eroticism, which here verges more on the sordid. In this seeming chaos, not without its own structure, Vigil discovers an order and display of harmony such that the figures join together, intersecting, fusing, and fissioning with one other in a life-like, organic symbiosis. Of Jorge Vigil’s work, Élida Román says, “… If there is anything that may be pinpointed as the influence of or decisive inspiration for this display—or overflowing—of fantasy and realism united in a strange symphony that respects no harmonies and seeks no syncopation, it is the influence of the great Flemish masters, from Bosch to the Brueghels, among other followers. As in the case of Bosch, it may be said that the artist seeks in this parade of images, and even in those tiny details of adjectival elements, to show us an illustrated book in which everything has its place and its purpose, each one is a symbol, or a clue, or—when connected together—a minor metaphor that speaks of today’s world, disguised as an ancient formal reference. And like the Brueghels, there is also a moral to be found, although lacking in dogmatic, if not demonstrative, intent…” (2007). The exhibition may be viewed through January 29, 2011, from Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.