What is a vanishing point?
It is the converging union of lines that fade into the infinite. It may also be the concept that we inherited from the practice of making projective drawings.
How may we define our vanishing point when the starting point itself is already diffused? Taking into considerations that in the world’s current climate even mathematics are not the stable and trustful science, which we used to rely on anymore.
After looking at the artworks of nine specific artists, I started considering that the concept or the creation of a vanishing point is what offers us with a reinterpretation of the exercise of drawing.
I subscribe to the argument of Gilles Deleuze:
“We are moving continuously on parallel lines, while interacting with the surrounding environment. Although those lines may not have been connected from the starting point, they could eventually merge in the expansion of their coordinates. The fluxus between those lines is what generates a constant set of indeterminate possibilities.”
I found the artworks of these creators in the following dynamic: First at all and looking at the phenomenon that has taken place in Colombia during the last ten years, these artists have been developing their research in a direction that intends to introduce Colombian Art into the global art market rather than emphasizing on their own local experiences. In this process, concepts are emerging and a new narrative of their local social circumstances has come up.
In consequence, they are evolving into an aesthetic that can be assimilated in different contexts. As a result, Colombian art is coming out of its main struggle and point of interest, which was focused on the depiction of political conflicts inside its society.
Vanishing Points exhibition brings a selection of artists that have made a very significant progress within the Colombian contemporary art scene. Therefore this Exhibition puts together a generation of artists who have been exploring the visual possibilities of drawing, ranging from elaborate set ups to site-specific installations.
Most of the works presented here are the result of varied types of practices:
Andres Londoño, Rodrigo Echeverry, Alberto Lezaca, Carlos Franklin, Nicolas Paris, Esteban Sanchez, Nicolas Cardenas, Widy Ortiz andFelipe Sepulveda.
A programme of supporting events will encourage a wide range of visitors.
A workshop led by artist and university lecturer Alberto Lezaca, will encourage participants to produce their own multimedia installations. Alberto is a pioneer of industrial sonic compositions and multimedia installations. He has been granted with a travel bursary by the Colombian Ministry Of Culture exclusively for this exhibition.
Andres Londoño has created “Kunstomerservice” which is a help desk to meet the opinions generated by the public. It is a platform that provides to all the people whom accidentally, incidentally or premeditatedly becomes affected by the visual arts. Andres will be delivering a performance that aims to engage the local community with his artistic enterprise.
Felipe Sepulveda has been training primary schools teachers using his education in arts as a methodology of engagement. In the last years has worked in partnership with Casa Daros which is one of the most comprehensive collections dedicated to Latin American contemporary art, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland.
Nicolas Paris studied architecture and worked as an elementary school teacher before he decided to become an artist. His principal medium is drawing as an exercise that might be understood as a creative workshop, and the workshop space might be considered a process of drawing. These creative laboratories have explored different cultural conceptions associated to the field of drawing, which operates as a link between the participants, their own context and the notion of art.
Esteban Sanchez, Widy Ortiz, Rodrigo Echeverri, Carlos Franklin and Nicolas Cardenas will be exhibiting new commissioned artworks for this exhibition project.
About Guest Projects:
Guest Projects is an initiative conceived by Shonibare Studio to offer the opportunity for artistic practitioners, of any artistic discipline to have access to a free project space for one month. As a laboratory of ideas it is a testing ground for new thoughts and actions, it provides an alternative universe and playground for artists.
John Angel Rodriguez