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Three Exciting Solo Exhibitions Open at Intersección Gallery

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By Margaret Failoni

The 2019 art season at the Intersección Gallery opens with three one-person exhibitions by Ian Johnson, Victor Hugo Perez, and Ena.

Ian Johnson is the personification of cool, sophisticated, minimalist art. With exquisitely rendered lineal volumes that are incredibly precise and yet never cold, this talented Englishman makes minimalism seem sexy. The different shades of grays in his work are rendered warm by the juxtaposition of thin lines of yellow or beige, magically rendering light into an image.

The main work in this exhibition is a repeat of his extraordinary calendar series, but rendered in a totally different display of shards, triangles, colors, and slits, making for a truly exciting composition. Smaller wall pieces, as well as a group of unusual and interesting sculptures, round out his presentation.

Victor Hugo Perez hails from that very gifted nest of creators based in Guadalajara. Once again, he brings to San Miguel a sample of his dexterity in creating the most exciting outsider art. This particular presentation includes, and basically underlines, his love of cats and dogs. Culling from his own pets’ behavior, we see his cat stalking birds, fighting with roosters, and lovingly poised in its mistress’s lap. Excitingly rendered oils laid thickly onto the canvas, and exquisite, transparent watercolors guide us into Perez’s world. The exhibition is further enhanced by a few beautifully executed bronzes, always from the artist’s imaginary menagerie. His love of domestic life is never far behind his wicked sense of humor.

And lastly, the gallery presents once again artist Ena’s world. Her Girlhood paintings, which Ena has specifically created for this exhibition, consist of a series of surreal images of a young girl’s world. Strange dreamlike scenes express the longing, fears, and expectations of young womanhood. The extraordinary painterly technique in her work denotes great training and dexterity so rarely found in today’s young artists.

Like true masters of the past, Ena’s beautifully rendered use of grays gives mystery and romance to her paintings. Each work must be carefully studied to guess at what interpretation these quietly surreal images bring us. Girlhood is a disquieting and surreal period in a young woman’s life, and Ena brings it to our front door.

These three exhibitions will remain on display for the public until the end of April.


Art Opening

Intersección Gallery Tenth Anniversary

The Aurora Art and Design Center

Exhibitions by Ian Johnson, Victor Hugo Perez, and Ena

Sat, Feb 2, 5–8pm

Intersección Gallery

Fábrica La Aurora



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