Against the Commercial

By Javier Ortega

The Literal Contemporary Art Gallery is open at Quebrada 18, Centro, San Miguel de Allende. “Literal, because it’s obvious, because there is no mask or pretension, because we are looking for a direct relationship between literature and art, and our only intention is to reveal our work and the contemporary creators who inspire us,” said the writer and artist Damián Comas, who along with the artists Rocío Gordillo and Alejandro Mejía, have created this space to bring a new ambiance to SMA.

The three artists are young Mexicans who have excelled, settled, and participated abroad and in Mexico with multiple exhibitions, biennials, and even international awards. After several years of discipline and living with art, the three decided to return to this cosmopolitan city to form a bridge that connects it with its external creations.

“We have used the title of ‘Space of Creation’ for the gallery because, for us, creation is even more important than art and under this principle we will schedule all our upcoming exhibitions or create a platform where formal, philosophical, and artistic questions converge,” said the painter, Rocío Gordillo.

The three creators reveal a depth of analysis in their work and in their relationship with current art. They are a new generation of artists with academic studies that depart from the established parameters as they create their own place. Last Friday, July 7, Literal was inaugurated with the work of Alejandro Mejía and Damián Comas with great delight in what these artists are able to do, with a dialogue between abstraction and figuration, and where a discourse between graphic and painting arises.

At the same time, in addition to having an exhibition space, the three artists have decided to share their knowledge by offering workshops ranging from cinematographic scripts, literary creation, and theoretical classes, such as a drawing workshop with the precision and knowledge of Alejandro Mejía and even courses for children given by Rocío Gordillo.

“Art is a document of humanity, manifested by our free will and the capacity of abstraction in our thoughts. That is why it is also our stubbornness to try and try again to conceive those internal images that never cease to challenge us and that define our position in the world,” Alejandro Mejía concluded.

The viewer will read or interpret the art that Literal will bring, and he will give back his experience and perhaps expand his vision of the imaginary which will probably lead to an internal journey full of questions. So those who still doubt that there is something to do in San Miguel de Allende will learn to approach art as these professionals do, by understanding their work. The audience will be able to develop many projects of their own because there is obviously a great deal to learn from these masters.

 

 

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