(January 6 – 31, 2009)

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Oil, mixed media on wood, 80 x 120 cm., 2008

ENLACE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO gallery (Av. Pardo y Aliaga 676, San Isidro) announces the solo exhibition EL, ELLAS Y ELLOS by the young artist AARÓN LÓPEZ. Born in Lima in 1980, Aarón López studied at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú School of Visual Arts, and took drawing and painting classes at the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes Corriente Alterna. He has held the following exhibitions: Periferia (Periphery) (two-person photo, video, and painting show) at the Sala Luis Miró Quesada Garland of the Municipalidad de Miraflores in 2006; Desplazamientos (Displacements) (group painting exhibition) at Artco gallery in 2007; and Dos Noches de Cine y Video (Two Nights of Film and Video) (video and painting) at the Consejo de Prensa Peruana in 2007. He was also selected to take part in the important annual auction of the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Los Angeles, California, United States, in 2008. In this exhibition, the multidisciplinary artist Aarón López offers us thirteen works made using mixed techniques on canvas, medium and large in size; a group of thirty works on paper in the form of an installation or montage; and a video, all part of his recent output. His painting is situated on the periphery of the establishment. The proposition presented here is focused on the depiction of images that form part of a personal, experiential repertoire influenced by television, movies, and the street. For the artist, there is nothing better than walking around the streets, soaking up information. His artistic vision is one of complete freedom of expression at all levels and in all categories, based on his own personal experiences as a specific reference point for his creations. There is something moving, powerfully expressive in Aarón López’s portraits. Sometimes, the models or figures appear immortalized in a casual, unplanned gesture. The brushwork displays his own personal take on technical skill, playing with light and shadow in an explosion of color. The backdrop for these figures features an imagination and linework that resemble those of a child, giving the paintings a candor that is transmitted and conjugated by the subjects themselves, to the point that these drawings and signals seem to come from these very figures. In the words of the artist: Él, Ellas y Ellos is the result of a year and a half of analysis, experiments, mistakes, and other experiences, approaching painting basically through portraits, meditating on what it means and what it doesn’t, as well, and developing a contemporary visual discourse through this traditional concept and treatment. This time, I based my approach on a single painting, EL (MAN), the primary portrait, in an effort to tell his story and depict his surroundings: Ellas y Ellos (Women and Group) (women, friends, experiences, and reflections) located, in demographic terms, outside the ordinary. I chose to paint this figure because of his testimony, his life. It’s a good story. A great figure to portray, along with the world around him. Using classical media and supports such painting and drawing, and complementing them with formats like video and photography, I construct my own version of the meaning of the portrait.” Here, we find the saying that “when it comes to art, the periphery is part of the abyss, with all that entails” to be quite apt. The exhibition may be viewed through January 31, 2009, Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.