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Painted Landscapes at YAM Gallery

By Marie Moébius

Mexican painter Francisco Taka Fernández takes YAM Gallery’s walls and inaugurates his solo show entitled “E.F.C.A. Estación flotante de contemplación activa” on Thursday.

Art Opening and Cocktails
“E.F.C.A. Estación Flotante De Contemplación Activa”
Work by Francisco Taka Fernández
Thu, Aug 3, 7pm
YAM Gallery, Instituto Allende, Ancha de San Antonio 20, Centro

The complex title of the exhibition, meaning “Floating Station of Active Contemplation,” describes the peculiar process of artistic investigation led by Taka during the last years. The artist has built a two-floor wooden tower perched on plastic barrels, able to float on the quiet waters of mangrove swamps and to accommodate the artist himself. From up there, Taka has been able to render his observations of this fragile biotope.

His work on paper mixes ink, felt-tip, acrylic, and pencil. It integrates high-skilled drawing and calligraphy and leaves part of the paper blank to describe deep, rich landscapes. The huge formats of mixed media on canvas show visions of intricate vegetation, roots going down underwater in a foggy and rather dark atmosphere. The nature of mangrove itself, where salty and fresh waters meet, where life grows both underwater and on earth, and offers such a difficult access and yet suffers from human devastation, is revealed by the artist as a shadowy phantasmagoria, perhaps an introspection.

The empathic relationship between the landscape and the artist/contemplator is interfered with by components from society, leading to a reflection on ecology and the pace of time since the landscape is transformed in its natural cycle by the presence of humans. The artist tries to arouse the viewer’s consciousness of this characteristic theme of our times.

This exhibition has traveled all the way from Europe before being presented at YAM Gallery.  It was first hung on the walls of the Modern Art Museum of Trieste, Italy, in April 2017. E.F.C.A. is Francisco Taka Fernández’ first solo show at YAM Gallery although his work has been presented on several occasions in collective exhibitions. The artist, born in 1966 in Mexico City, is an important artist in the contemporary Mexican scene. His exhibitions at La Casa del Lago UNAM and Museo Carrillo Gil in CDMX have placed him on the list of the most serious Mexican painters of his generation. His works are part of private collections, such as the Jumex collection, the Mexican Museum of San Francisco, the Mexico National University MUAC Museum, the PAMM Pérez Art Museum in Miami, and others.

Do not miss his exhibition at YAM Gallery. The artist will be present. The show will continue until September 14.


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