Exhibition at Bellas Artes

By Sandra Ríos

On Thursday, October 16, three different graphic arts exhibitions opened in Bellas Artes, and Atención interviewed two of its exhibitors, Irving Herrera (painter) and Alberto Lenz (painter, architect, and sculptor). Herrera, 29, who has a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the School of Bellas Artes of Oaxaca, exhibited his series “Las Señoras Matanzas,” which he began in 2011 with a FONCA scholarship for young artists. This series has been exhibited in Brazil, Romania, and Berlin, with different pieces shown in each exhibit. Herrera said: “Las Señoras Matanzas” is about the cultural identity of the city of Huajuapan de León, Oaxaca where I come from, where converges great strength and mysticism with women, and I try to portray it in my work. Over 200 years ago there was an activity in Huajuapan de León called “La Matanza” (The Killing); more than 500 goats were sacrificed. I did field work at the site to see the situation and translate it into a two-dimensional format. Note that my work is social; it has more to do with traditions than with politics. I like seeing this act of La Matanza as a feminist act, strong with pride and yet sensual, since it is women who are engaged in this activity.”

Alberto Lenz, also director of Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, said: “From an early age I discovered my artistic vocation, and as a teenager, I decided to study for a degree in fine arts, so I entered the school of San Carlos at UNAM. I did not finish because I did not like the curriculum and I decided to travel to Europe. When I returned to Mexico, I studied architecture, because somehow it was the closest to the arts, and then I studied Urban Planning that is much linked to the intervention in public spaces. I am very interested in sculpture as something that can be done on a small scale for an interior space, but also for large-scale public spaces. I’ve done about 10 large sculptures in different cities of the Bajío, most of them in Querétaro, and also in León, Celaya, and Aguascalientes. I’m talking about a format of 15 to16 meters high. I am also a painter, I employ a geometric language that allows me to span multiple disciplines with the same aesthetic proposal; the geometry allows me to move in the same language in different levels. Right now I’m also making jewelry, which is an interpretation in a small format of my geometric sculpture.”


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