Elvia Montbeller presents “Diagrams”
By Ana Quiroz
The development of abstraction in the visual arts during the first half of the 20th century was certainly a radical transformation, once avant-garde and then globally legitimized by Abstract Expressionism and post-war American imperialism.
Jan 11, 6pm
Coupled with the great advances in technology, abstract worlds have multiplied. Currently in art these places can be rethought and re-imagined by artists.
“Diagrams” is a series of paintings where Elvia Montbeller combines different universes of abstract forms and develops a clear search for expressions of color and gesture. In some paintings, layers overlap as slides that reveal different worlds. These figures are conduits, communicating vessels, systems or networks intertwined in what appears to be the operation of a large organism. Sometimes, within these networks, a specific field or color can dominate; in other paintings forms dance rhythmically without the domination of either of them. Some paintings dispense rhythms, using dramatic cuts which form incisions in the areas of color.
It appears that each of these diagrams tries to communicate or solve something on itself. Some combinations are closer to the microcosm, to the cell bodies, in which sometimes she uses small runoffs carefully falling before an unavoidable gravity. In their more austere experiments, the paintings are reduced to black and white calligraphy working as an automatic gesture of the artist.
Clearly Elvia always manages a harmonious color scheme and makes her compositions become agreeable places that are individual universes full of chromatic vibrations. Her palette marks the Mexican tradition of great colorists as Rufino Tamayo and Pedro Coronel.
“Diagrams” is a vast work where we see a clear construction of shapes and abstract forces, of intimate universes, of sensitive worlds where colors abound, the constant and persevering search of the artist.
The exhibition opens at Galería Reloj, January 11, 2012 at 6pm