New exhibits at Yam Gallery
By Saúl Kaminer & Javier Areán
Yam Gallery features two exhibits: Paseos(Promenades), photography by Paul Louis & Colisiones, paints and drawings by Javier Areán.
Art: Photography by Paul Louis & Paints and drawings by Javier Areán. Fri, Jan 27, 6pm & 7pm. Yam Gallery, Ancha de San Antonio 20
The Countours of Time
With his series “Promenades” Paul Louis leads us to face our most sensitive inner being and makes us see and feel that nature happens and takes place also within our being.
Earth Awaiting Rain,
Traces in the Sky,
Horizon Beyond Horizon”
Paul Louis offers us a view of nature as the place where light and shadow co-exist, as the site where time and space become one, revealing that all happens at the same time and that the whole is transformed every instant.
In his photos there is a silent tension where both sounds as well as movements are contained and implicit, constantly ready to activate and barge into our daily world. He makes us listen to the wind, feel the dryness of the land and air. He brings an epidermic sensation with feelings right on the surface of the skin. The silence of his images is filled with color and in his regard of nature there is an epiphany of the landscape. The images that Paul Louis offers us are spaces of contemplation or offerings that allow us to go beyond the image, placing us in contact with nature’s luminosity. We might say that his view is that of an twenty-first century naturalist.
The notion of the passing of time and of the movement that leads to the transformation that takes place in all that is alive is implicit in the triptychs and diptychs, making us see and feel the cycles of life: sky-flower-earth, hand-seed, the coexistence of black and white with color. Without doubt we are facing tales that are not told.
The hand that he shows us is the hand that transforms and protects nature. It is a welcoming hand, responsible for the universe and responsible for the seed; it is the hand of man as a privileged place for the meeting between nature and knowledge.
Louis sees from a viewpoint that offers us serenity that reconciles us with the creation of life. This view, expressed in his photographs, takes a committed stand in the face of the destructive agitation in the world.
It is necessary to mention that the use of matte cotton paper is essential to this series. His images obtain a skin or epidermis that places them in a space between what is photographic and what is pictorial and, as Louis mentions, introduce a paradox within the pictorial world.
Javier Areán has created a remarkable series inspired by vintage photographs of car crashes from the 40s and 50s. Classic American cars, personifications of the American dream, lie in various states of destruction and abandonment. The paintings retain the snapshot quality of the original medium. It is a moment frozen in time, capturing the architecture of collision and its calm aftermath. Both by staying true to the objective distance of the black and white original with the use of his characteristic monochromatic palate, or by deliberately drawing our attention to the alarming vivacity of color, he creates a quiet discourse on his recurrent themes of isolation and displacement.