Eduardo Villanes

(June, 28 – July 31, 2007)

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Still from the Video “Weavings of Light” , Chapter “Green Serpent”
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ENLACE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO Gallery announces the opening of the exhibition WEAVINGS OF LIGHT from EDUARDO VILLANES, next Thursday, June 28 at 7.30 p.m. Eduardo Villanes was born in Lima in 1967. He graduated with a Silver Medal from the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes of Peru in 1994. His work encompasses the fields of painting, performance, photography, and installation art. He has held five solo exhibitions, three in Peru and two in the United States. In 2004, he was one of twenty-four artists chosen by the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York for its annual exhibition (“AIM – 24”), out of more than six hundred applicants. He lives and works in New York. For several years now, Eduardo Villanes has been using painting to explore the designs of jaguar fur and snake skin. He redraws them, seeking in this exercise of freehand transcription to offer a tentative aesthetic deciphering. He has also explored the design encapsulated in genetic codes through his “micro-weavings”: small works made up of colored beads and nylon mounted on frames that are in fact slides, which are then viewed in wall projections that replicate a series of graphics depicting DNA. The designs of skin, fur, and DNA: organic media containing coded “messages” from an entity that some call Nature, and others call God. Weavings of Light, the installation that Villanes will present at Galería Enlace Arte Contemporáneo, simultaneously with the exhibition by the Cuban artist José Bedia, including paintings and “micro-weaving” projections. In the words of the artist: “This work is my personal version of those colorful weavings that store memories and hopes for millennia. Through them, I seek to honor the mastery and gentle touch of the forebears who passed them down to us. Glass beads remind me of the weavings of colored light seen after taking ayahuasca and peyote; the messages inscribed in the transformations of the dark spots of the jaguar and the serpent, the camouflaging of the prophecy of the sacred circle: the latency, fertilization, sprouting, and continuity of the seed.” The exhibition may be viewed through July 31, from Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.