JORGE VIGIL

(December 4, 2012 – January 19, 2013)

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THE REST
Oil on canvas, 28 x 280 cm., 2011
THE REST CALVARY THE SPRING THE ANGEL OF THE FOUR UNITS OF LIGHT THE WATER SPIRIT THE SOURCE

ENLACE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO Gallery (Av. Pardo y Aliaga 676, San Isidro) announces the opening of the solo exhibition LA CUARTA CIFRA by JORGE VIGIL, next Tuesday, December 4 at 7.30 p.m. The artist will be present. Jorge Vigil was born in Lima in 1963 and graduated in 1988 from 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. He has taken part in numerous solo and group shows and participated in major international art fairs. “La cuarta cifra” (“The Fourth Cipher”) alludes to a series of works created by the artist over the last two years, just before turning fifty, from where he takes the reference to the fourth number. On this occasion, Vigil presents to us a group of works that bring together elements related to his surroundings and his imaginary, combining the real and the dreamlike in magical and unpredictable occurrences and compositions. The horror vacui so characteristic of his pictorial practice speaks to us of his fears, his anxieties, or his delirious desires. Vigil succeeds in balancing chaos/his chaos, showing us figures who remain calm in the face of expectation, acting peaceful and relaxed before the inquiring eye of the spectator, who is able to discover countless stories in each nook and cranny. Of these most recent works, Jorge Vigil tells us: “It is at that instant: finishing yourself, beginning yourself (the parallel and unnameable sensations never belong to us) → nascent end, there is no death… In that perpetuity, the first silences the first silences, their hands bloodied with images: ‘Draw.’ That is the necessary crime (Pay them no heed. If you want to be happy, don’t think about happiness.) The heavens, notebooks and their pages from a century ago, the abyss (I bet you don’t know!), the canvas; in this great illusion, the only truth is a process: line and color belong to the same tragedy: shadow, that luminous word. ‘I draw!’ Venturing into that inaccessible, boundless zone: at last, the landscape of crucified butterflies and their vengeance opens up, the young girl runs pursued by executioners, and everything turns diaphanous. Sharpening my pencils (O freedom!), there is no place for love. Only certain beetles accelerate toward that point of reason that I’ve always tried to comprehend (and it is in that vestige of silence where he’d like to fall asleep, to one day awake and see that in the center of his heart, there still shines THE FOURTH CIPHER). The exhibition may be viewed through January 19, from Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. No entry fee.