April 3, 2013

Puma Urban Art - Domingo Laboratorio Creativo


Hugo Zapata
This time was a table served (only) for two. Just like that. Table for two in the inner garden. A squirrel was leaping across a leafy oak tree. The sun lit strongly but without burning our skin, we were protected from the heat in the summer-dining room of palace. The squirrel ran, gave a complete turn around our table for two, and she could have transformed it into a table for three if she would have jumped to one of the seats that Joaquín and I had to our side. But she was scared to death and ran towards the exterior garden. We were having lunch, a little late. We had been delayed. In the morning we were in another district, miles away from the coast that has defined our childhood and adolescence.   
  
my drawing / mi dibujo
I loved the detail of the squirrel. I didn't know that I could still find squirrels in my district, surely they only live near the old and big houses and palaces, in the elegant and classic side of Barranco. Joaquín told me once that in the winter you can see bats flying in his garage; I imagined the mansion of Batman and the bats and the cave and all that at once. Strange case this, where some winged rodents give category and ancestry to an already distinguished residence (one of the finest residences, must I concur). Now the squirrel was giving the place a touch of grace. Joaquín and I laughed, observing how the squirrel moved nervously, running rapidly, so tiny and yet so agile. And it continued being a table for two until we finished our respective desserts. And who knows if, after we got up, the squirrel stepped in transforming the table for zero into a table for one, for her alone, who knows... well, there were some pieces of bread...  
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Frank Kozik

Hoy en la noche se inauguraron dos interesantes muestras en Barranco. En primer lugar, “Esculturas” del artista colombiano Hugo Zapata en la Galería Cecilia González. Apenas llegué saludé a Ramiro Llona y a Meritxell Thorndike, y luego me encontré con mi amigo Marcos Palacios. Lo interesante de las esculturas de Zapata (que tienen un precio promedio de 16000 dólares) es el tratamiento del material; estamos ante un artista que sabe cómo sacarle lustre a la piedra y cómo lucir los atributos del mineral en conjunción con una estética muy específica. Sin duda, una de las mejores muestras escultóricas que han pasado por la capital en los últimos meses.


Mientras conversaba con Marcos llegó Pablo Villaizán y juntos nos fuimos a Domingo Laboratorio Creativo. Allí se inauguraba la muestra Puma Urban Art, que contaba con la presencia de obras de Frank Kozik (Estados Unidos) y Okuda (España). 

Frank Kozik

Con un fuerte vínculo a las propuestas de diseño contemporáneo, las obras de ambos artistas se complementan a la perfección en una suerte de colorida vorágine que nos remite a las últimas tendencias de marketing y publicidad. Entre mis piezas favoritas estarían la reconstrucción / reelaboración del archiconocido Storm Trooper de Star Wars así como una serie de fascinantes afiches que propugnan los valores que deberían, al menos en teoría o en todo caso irónicamente, fortalecer a la nación estadounidense. “U.S. Needs Us Equal” (Estados Unidos nos necesita iguales) se lee en una de las inscripciones, y luego vemos las figuras de dos lesbianas que también son madres. “Gay Marriage for a Strong America” (Matrimonio gay para un Estados Unidos fuerte) es la frase con la que concluye este divertido y reflexivo ejercicio de crítica social. 

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