Photography | Inkjet Print | 200 x 140 cm
Galeria Filomena Soares proudly presents 27.03.14, a solo exhibition by SANTIAGO PARRA (Bogotá, 1986). The exhibition stays on view until May 17th.
The Power of SignOn the work of Santiago Parra
What is the motivation for Santiago Parra, the young painter in action? In the deep horizon one can detect the great expressionist movements of the 20th century, and before, the impulse towards the absolute spirituality of the great Japanese culture. Upon first seeing his work a few months ago, the crab of the fairy-tale appeared right before my eyes, crystal clear, the most perfect crab ever illustrated, illuminated in an instant by the artist - Zen? - upon order of the emperor.
This painting is excessive and paradoxical, projected for a grand scale. For Santiago Parra, it seems as if the canvas was a place to purify and regenerate, a propitious, solid territory for the pictorial gesture to unload its fully energized material, stripped of any distracting elements. As if the painting was concentrated onto itself, alien to external thoughts, freely distancing itself from its backdrop, one could imagine graphic and sculptural work developing?
Each gesture draws a huge abstract sign and these signs - familial to Kline and Hartung - don't give way; starting at zero, the action takes on a particular rhythm, at the same time the solid structure sustains the form, a graphic of the movement. As in an immeasurable musical note frozen in time, immutable, the signs have their own beat; intense and vital.
These "black" paintings develop within the poetics of speed and exactitude, with a simplicity that introduces the material as an essential incorruptible component. Perhaps some of the signs even have an intimate meaning, or take on another character, they may be smaller, varied and delicate, they can be open to narrative interpretations, but for now, under the system of this sensitive poetic, they are limited to existing, resisting any interpretation. Without any mystic intentionality (it is not apparent that Santiago Parra creates in the sublime, and yet...) and perhaps unknown to him, Parra creates a political action: choosing to paint in these times is a hard decision, and to affirm the power of its abstract and informal nature results in an even harder task.
Gustavo Zalamea February 2011