JOSÉ LUIS CARRANZA

(December 13, 2011 – January 13, 2012)

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UNDERWATER
Watercolor, 50 x 65 cm., 2011
UNDERWATER BLACK FLOCK CYTHEREA DAWN THE TEMPTATIONS OF SAINT ANTHONY THE ANATOMIST

ENLACE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO Gallery (Av. Pardo y Aliaga 676, San Isidro) announces the opening of the solo exhibition EL REFLEJO DE LA MUERTE by the young Peruvian artist JOSÉ LUIS CARRANZA next Tuesday, December 13 at 7.30 p.m. This is a major exhibition in the artist’s career, marking a stage of rapprochement with European art and the revelation of a style that has already begun to define his oeuvre. JOSÉ LUIS CARRANZA (Lima, 1981). Studied at the Escuela Nacional Superior Autónoma de Bellas Artes of Peru, graduating with the Silver Medal in Drawing(2004)and the Gold Medal in Painting (2006). He has exhibited his work in numerous solo shows, most notably: Kindergarden (80 m2 Gallery, 2007); Fischblut (Arte Moll Gallery, 2008); Retratos (Portraits) (Yvonne Sanguinetti Gallery, 2010); and Las edades del hombre (The Ages of Man) (gallery of the Cultural Center of the Universidad Ricardo Palma, 2010). His work has also been shown in Germany, Spain, and England. In 2009, he won First Prize in the Passport for an Artist contest, organized by the French Embassy in Peru, giving him the opportunity to visit different cities in France and Italy. El reflejo de la muerte (The Reflection of Death), conceived after his stay in Europe, presents us with twenty-three medium- and large-sized watercolor and oil paintings, pieces in which the artist has captured an imaginary marked by death and disquiet. His figures seem to meditate in the middle of a vortex that envelops them in the most chaotic of fantasies. They remain grim, immutable, and paradoxically overflowing with life. Of the artist’s work, Manuel Munive says: “This apocalyptic ‘tone,’ one of ‘revelation,’ dominates the painter’s work, although more severely in the oil paintings—it should be noted, though, that the show also includes watercolors, i.e., two series of works whose discourses, rooted in a similar intuition, offer a scope determined by their respective techniques. The oil paintings, medium and large in size, contain hermetic allegories whose detailed description will not necessarily lead us to a definitive interpretation, given that the erudition required to identify quotes and motifs is complicated by the chaos of the living creatures depicted therein, making it difficult to isolate them from that palpitating amalgam, that fresco whose narrative seems as random as a dream. (…) Our artist’s painting could also be interpreted as a condemnation of Western culture and its current decadence, although, in order to ‘say so,’ it makes use of expressive resources developed by that very same culture, centuries back. This collision of ages might explain the disquiet that sets the constant tone in each one of the scenes painted.” This major event has been possible by the invaluable support of TRAPICHE Argentina. The exhibition may be viewed through January 13, 2012, from Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. No entry fee.