A four sculptors’ challenge

By Margaret Failoni

Thanks to the early 20th-century Modernist movement, sculptors not only recreate the human form as the eye perceives it but also create the effect of what it sees, venturing into conceptualism. New mediums such as computer-designed matrixes and resins have been added to the usual classic materials, making for an exciting new vision of three-dimensional art. On the other hand, some traditional artisan techniques have been juxtaposed with the new, making for exciting combinations in this age-old art form.

A four sculptors’ challenge
By Rodrigo De la Sierra, Francisco Esnayder, Rodrigo Vargas and Héctor Velázquez
Fri, Apr 4, 5-8pm
Galería Santiago Corral
Fábrica La Aurora

In this exhibition in the San Miguel Santiago Corral Gallery, four artists are challenging each other to bring to the public eye some new, interesting and diversified work.

Rodrigo De la Sierra is a mid-career artist not new to San Miguel; for this exhibition he brings us the newest of the works last exhibited in Mexico City’s Casa de la Moneda: Museo del Arzobispado. His alter ego, Timo, continues to charm with ever-new very human situations as part of man’s every day foibles.

Francisco “Paco” Esnayder is a young emerging artist who brings to the show a small group of brilliantly colored heads executed in resin, with pills and capsules emanating from their heads; a critique on society’s dependence and fixation with over-medication. He has been singled out for an important exhibition of emerging Mexican artists to be presented during next September’s Chicago International Art Fair.

Rodrigo Vargas is another emerging artist who sculpts works that brazenly dance between the abstract and the figurative with works that seem to morph from one to the other before your eyes. He works in bronze and some very vivid and exciting resins, using color which is brazen but never kitsch; a difficult accomplishment indeed and very well executed.

Héctor Velázquez is another mid-career artist who works prevalently in Europe. For this exhibition he presents us with a brilliant marriage between the old and the new, combining the age-old Indian stitching and weaving techniques with modern gesso sculptures and installations. This exhibition brings us an interesting overview of what is happening in the world of sculpture today and affords us an excellent opportunity to collect the ‘right’ works at the ‘right’ time; most definitely to be taken into consideration.

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