Jorge Eielson

(November 14 – December 31, 2014)

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PAESAGGIO INFINITO DELLA COSTA DEL PERÙ
Sand and cement on canvas. 1962. 100 x 130 cm.
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ENLACE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO Gallery and the Il Chiostro Contemporary Art Gallery of Sarono, Italy, with the collaboration of the Jorge Eielson Study Center of Florence, announce the inauguration of the solo exhibitionEL LENGUAJE MÁGICO DEL NUDO, a selection of works by JORGE EIELSON. Jorge Eielson, a Peruvian poet and visual artist (Lima, 1924), lived nearly his whole life in Europe, spending half a century in Italy, between Saridinia and Milan, where he died in 2006. Throughout the development and transformation of his oeuvre, he remained faithful, as a visual artist and a poet, to the essence of the avant-gardes and his own, irrevocable individuality—experimentalism—as part of a constant search, through questioning, provocation, nihilism, contradiction. In his works, the conceptual, the minimal, the geometric, the concrete, the optical, and the symbolic succeed one another, combining and resignifying each other. Considered one of the purest and most radical voices of twentieth-century Hispano-American poetry, and the greatest poet of the generation of ’50, his early poetry of the 1940s showed the predominant influence of mysticism, symbolism, and surrealism. As an artist, he is a “total artist,” a maker in the broadest sense of the word. Citing Eielson himself from the “Premio Tecnoquímica 2004” catalogue: “Poetry is that which emerges from the encounter of the mind, the hand, the heart, and the artist’s materials. It is like a spark enclosed in all matter, even the most wretched and trivial. You only have to know how to get it out.” His visual art, which shows the strong influence of pre-Columbian shapes, myths, and traditions, has been displayed at and is held in the collections of major museums around the world, including the MoMA. He worked widely in performance and installation art. He took part in shows in Lima, Trujillo, Paris, Munich, Rome, Milan, Venice, Kassel, Caracas, Mexico City, Helsinki, London, Lisbon, Stuttgart, Havana, and New York. He participated in the Venice Biennale on four occasions. Although it is not strictly a retrospective, the Eielson exhibition at Galería Enlace Arte Contemporáneoprovides—through a selection of nearly twenty works—a panorama of the different traits and moments of his oeuvre, including works from some of his most important series: “Paisajes Infinitos de la costa del Perú” (“Infinite Landscapes of the Peruvian Coast”); the collages of “Las Ropas” (“Clothes”);the fantastic and legendary “Nudos” (“Knots”) and “Quipus”;the works of “Los Códices Leonardo” (“The Leonardo Codexes”); and those of the “Amazonía” (“Amazon”) series, etc. The show has been curated by Marina Affanni and Roberto Ascóniga, with the associate curator Martha Canfield, Director of the Jorge Eielson Study Center in Florence, who will be in Lima from November 17 to 22. J.E. Eielson always maintained that his search was not two-fold—verbal on the one hand, visual on the other—but one and the same, an indivisible and indissoluble continuum. “There are knots that are not knots. And knots that are just knots…” J.E. Eielson Roberto Ascóniga, Director of Enlace Arte Contemporáneo Gallgery. For information, interviews, and the guided visit or conference with Martha Canfield, director and researcher, please call Galería Enlace at 222-5714 or visitwww.enlaceart.com. Please share.