ANA MERCEDES HOYOS

(November 2 – December 4, 2010)

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UNTITLED
Oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm., 2010
UNTITLED MARINE ZENAIDA SLAVE UNTITLED QUEEN ISABELLA THE CATHOLIC

ENLACE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO Gallery (Av. Pardo y Aliaga 676, San Isidro), together with the Colombian Embassy announce the opening of the solo exhibition by the renowned artist ANA MERCEDES HOYOS, next Tuesday, November 2, with the support of Canalvias, Sofitel, Club de la Banca y Comercio and Tabernero. Hoyos (Bogota, 1942) is one of the most internationally renowned Colombian artists working today. She studied visual arts at the Universidad de los Andes and the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. She has held over twenty-five solo shows, exhibiting her work in Bogota, Cali, Barranquilla, Santiago, Monterrey, Tokyo, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Panama City, San Salvador, New York, Washington, D.C., Gerona, La Coruña, etc. Seven books have been published on her work, and articles on the artist have appeared in publications such as Newsweek, Time, Art News, Art in America, and Les Lettres Francaises. The exhibition on display at ENLACE Gallery brings together twenty-five works, including oils on canvas, acrylics, drawings, and engravings, offering a brief overview of the wide-ranging visual production of Ana Mercedes Hoyos. The artist also explores and works in media such as photography, sculpture, and installation. “Ana Mercedes Hoyos has opted for the hardest path of all: reinventing her painting, with nary a change in style or them visible upon the spectator’s first glance. There is, however, a new approach in the background of her painting, though this does not mean she has changed her in-depth investigation into the world of slavery, which commenced with the arrival of the Spaniards to the Americas in the fifteenth century, and the impact that this slavery has had to this very day. In other essays that I have written on Ana Mercedes Hoyos, I mention that this concept and idea are always present in and intrinsic to her compositions, and I go into more depth in the ethnographic and anthropological study and development that she has carried out over the course of more than thirty years. I would like to talk a bit more about the idea of the contemporaneity of her artistic proposition, contrary to many other artists more preoccupied with the trends and vogues of the moment, who proclaim themselves the flag bearers of contemporaneity. Behind the work of Ana Mercedes Hoyos, there is a body of fieldwork consisting of many years of immersion and study, theoretical and ideological preparation worthy of great historians and humanists, more typical of ages past. The works of Ana Mercedes Hoyos feature palenqueras, women who travel every day from San Basilio de Palenque (the first slavery-free town in all of the Americas) to the beaches of Cartagena de Indias to sell fruit to the tourists. The fruits and bowls are radically abstract concepts, and in turn, the lead actors in her compositions. The bows, which display another clear connection to the line work of Chillida, are pure abstraction, the synthesis of important concepts. The light in her paintings is another conceptual element that emerges from the depths of the work and infuses the compositional elements of her still lifes with a vividness, magic, and atmosphere like those found in the works of Zurbarán, without a doubt another of the most rabidly contemporary masters who have had the greatest impact on Ana Mercedes Hoyos.” (Julio Niebla, curator, Barcelona, October 2010). The exhibition may be viewed through December 4, from Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. No entry fee.