How to be pulled by the current
from the series "How to be pulled by the current," displayed in the show of the same name, at Sala Juan Egenau, Santiago, Chile. April 2012.
"The small format, developed in this show as a strategy, suspends, in first place, the unfolding certainty that an artist should hold facing the great pictorial format. The small one is open to doubts and lack of precision, making easier work the intuition as an authorship way. "Every perfect work" –Benjamin said, "is the death mask of its intuition". The small format shows an open process, under construction, and is a strategy to confuse the linearity of speech, his heaviness and severity. It is flexible, allows contradictions and it's slippery.
All of the paintings in this show work as little fragments, and is interesting see how their differences notices as they are displayed, creating relations between the canvases; this maneuver –as well as the pictorial gesture– shows the intentions of the artist.
The painter fights against closed articulations, passing through stylistic borderlines that goes from the object being painted –more like a Pop action–, the juxtaposition of contradictory elements on a scene to annulate narrative, or putting the pictorial image as an ambiguous and subjective storytelling system. Besides that, the order-disorder strategies on the surface begin to work as fundamental visual elements, so we are not in front of a "small painting" anymore, but in front of a great disposition of fragments, displayed intentionally in that particular way."
Extract from "Nunca morir" (Never die) by Voluspa Jarpa, written upon the show "Nunca morir", September 2011.