lunes, 8 de septiembre de 2008

Roq la Rue, September 2008

Canibal Song II, Acrylic on paper, 26 x 20 cm - 2008

Despierte el hombre, despierte,
despierte por un momento,
despierte toda la patria
antes que se abran los cielos
y venga el trueno furioso
con el clarín de San Pedro,
llorando estoy,
y barra los ministerios,
me voy, me voy.

Wake up, men, wake up, / wake up for a second, / wake up the whole nation / before the heavens open / and the furious thunder comes / with Saint Peter’s bugle, / crying I am, / and sweeps the ministries away / I go, I go.

Violeta Parra, from the lyrics of the song "Segun a favor del viento"

For his first solo exhibition in USA, Victor Castillo has chosen a biblical title taken from the lyrics of a song by Violeta Parra, a communist Chilean folk musician and visual artist. The title and the decontextualized lyrics are a statement of Castillo’s contempt for western society’s fundamentalism. Expansive politics – bombing, invasion and imposition of the self culture in foreign countries –, racism, omnipresence of violence, weapons culture, extremist Catholicism, etc. are some of the subjects of his new series of paintings. He depicts decadent aspects from our society through the use of an apocalyptical visual poetry. Once again, children are the main actors in the artworks. They portray dark scenes where toys become weapons and cruelty replaces innocence. They act as metaphors but are actually not so far from reality when compared to facts like the trends in youth towards broadcasting their own violence and executing brutality without compassion or recognition of actual consequences.
Castillo was raised in a humble neighbourhood in Santiago de Chile, a conflictive political and social environment, being the country under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. If historically Chile had been strongly influenced by the post-colonial Spain, during this period politics, economy and culture were heavily influenced by Wasington, the strength of the dollar and Hollywood. Victor developed since then an ambiguous relationship with the US. For him it was a country that exerted a colonial-style influence but brought a culture which fast became his main source of inspiration, far from anything else he had known before. In his first solo exhibition in Spain his paintings related a love and hate feeling towards Spain and Chile, the paintings in this first solo show in the USA ooze with a trace of ambiguous admiration and criticism towards the US.
Castillo goes one step further in his technique, which was rather literal, flat and illustrative in the very beginning of his career, developing towards thick atmospheres showing a grasp in the use of light and colour. His main influences are on animation (Ren and Stimpy, The Simpsons, vintage animation, etc.) and pop surrealism-related artists such as Manuel Ocampo, Mark Ryden or Gary Baseman. Recently, he’s been focusing on classic masters of painting such as Goya or Velázquez, giving birth to an even more personal and adult style.

Before the heavens open, Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cm, 2008

I ve seen that face before (Libertango, Acrilico sobre tela, 100 x 100 cm, 2007-08

Game Over, Acrilico sobre tela, 100 x 100 cm, 2007-08

Red Bats with Teeth, Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cm, 2007-8

Un tornado arrazo mi ciudad y mi jardin primtivo,Acrylic on canvas, 145 x 145 cm - 2008

Roq La Rue Gallery
"Purveyors Of Fine Pop Surrealismand Contemporary Art Since '98"

2312 2nd Ave
Seattle WA 98121
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9 comentarios:


Aca desde Chile-Arica en un aula de clases del Colegio leonardo Da Vinci en segundo medio estamos viendo tu blogspot y conversando sobre tus pinturas, saludos.
Paola Contardo Gebhard.

Jose dijo...

Muy bueno tu trabajo...Desgarrador!Te felicito...


Cami León dijo...

victor eres secooooo
jajajajjajaj en verdad
tus trabajos son lo mejor.
saludos donde quiera q estes

Winry R dijo...

Hola.. hace algun tiempo saque de una revista.. (parece que era de arte y decoración) algunas imagenes o trabajos tuyos... hace como 2 o 1 años atras.. lo habia dejado guardado en el baul de cosas que me gustan.. pero nunca llege a leer o a poner mas la atencion a tus trabajos.. pues en realidad me encantan... en especial: "Are you still dying darling"

que hasta lo dibuje tambien para mi croquis... bueno... ya me he hecho como una "fanatica " de tus trabajos.. hace muy poco comenze a dibujar de nuevo.. y antes no tenia ninguna inspiración... que triste que en Chile antes no te valoraran tanto como allá en España... te felicito... creo que gracias a tu arte vuelvo a mis andanzas de dibujos y cosas asi...

muchas gracias.. que estes bien, y animo en todo ^^

Atte Javiera.H

fabiopower dijo...

Hey, Víctor, lo tengo decidido...:
tengo que comprar un cuadro (ito) tuyo.(algún día)
Siempre mejor, estimado.
Y saludos, estés donde estés.

Tollkühn dijo...

tambien desde chile mis saludos.
tu trabajo lo encuentro demasiado bueno, tiene una calides atemorizante, los rostros caricaturezcos, todo genial.
bueno, solo eso..
Me despido.

Anónimo dijo...

Me gusta mucho el de la pelea, y tu obra en general es muy buena, te felicito. Saludos..

CristinaHdez dijo...

Genial :)

tu obra tiene mucha fuerza!
Un saludo ^^

Nekrosoma dijo...

That's a very, very disturbing pictures.
I can't... look... away...