Hernán Espinoza

March, 07 - April, 14, 2017

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Mixed on banner. 2016. 200 x 200 cm
Eden Raining blood Apocalypse The source Earth Seeds Beings of light I Prohibited zone

This exhibition consists of a group of twelve works, created using mixed technique on medium- and largescale canvases, and two 3D art modules or objects. In these works, Espinoza proposes an encounter and progression between the source and the cosmos, through an investigation into and experimentation with color and spatial dimensions studied and developed with regard to the behavior of colors in space. He achieves this through the study and use of stereoscopy, color theory, stereoscopic optics, the physics of color, the epipolar theory, some of the ideas posited by Kazimir Malevich and Suprematism as the art of pure sensation, etc. It should be noted here that stereoscopy is the brain’s main source of information for the three-dimensional composition of the objects we see, a technique capable of gathering three-dimensional visual information and/or creating the illusion of depth. In this case, Espinoza achieves his goal by inducting the brain, working with different frequencies of color waves and the thousands of tiny prisms in the special lenses he uses. Thus, for example, red is the color with the longest wavelength, the one that reaches furthest into space; while blue, in its spatial behavior, remains behind, as if in the background; and yellow occupies the middle ground. What is interesting here is that, among the psychobiological principles, only the horizontal variations produced by the difference in location between both eyes create the sensation of depth. Vertical variations, on the other hand, play no part in creating the sensation of volume and relief. With his studies of color and contrivances (artifices), Espinoza manages to make color levitate. The experience is no longer horizontal, but vertical, further adding to this a depth at height, which moves or varies depending on the position of the color applied and where it is applied to the canvas, plus the “interference factor”: the position and movement of the spectator. The interference color is the result of a lag between the vibrating waves of color. The lag represents or translates to a distance, and as such, will depend on the path traveled by the waves and their different speeds. All of this is used by Espinoza to develop, to suggest his proposed progression from the source to the cosmos, from the cosmos to the human (with all that this entails), from the human to Eros, to reproduction and energy, poetics and the word, uniting and unraveling all that flows, vibrates, burns/lights up and launches into space, developing inward in space and rising higher in its behavior, in its progression, creating an atmosphere in which the spectator is invited, incited to be and make part of the work, introducing herself optically within it. The artist succeeds in converting the space between the observer and the work into a single unit. This is what Espinoza calls the "third dimension” of the work, which, in actuality, is its most manifest part. Hernán Espinoza (born in 1954 in Medellin, Colombia) studied architecture at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, graphic design at the Sena institute, History of Latin American and Caribbean Art with the renowned art critic Martha Traba at the Medellin Chamber of Commerce in 1981, modern art with Mónica Lenz in 1982, color theory and practice with Antonio Rivas, drawing with Ramón Vásquez at the Centro de Arte Tomás Luis de Victoria, and experimental and avant-garde contemporary art at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Medellin. He has held exhibitions at the Sala de Arte Biblioteca Publica in Medellin, 1982; shown drawings and metal sculptures at the Sala Central de la Universidad de Medellin, 1984; and participated in the Séptimo Salón Sala de Arte Biblioteca Pública de Medellin, 1984; Salón de Fotografía, UPB de Medellin, 1985; Salón de Artistas, Casa de La Cultura de Corregimiento de San Cristóbal, 2011; Jaque al Arte 3, Casa de La Cultura La Barquereña, Antioquia, 2015; and Casa de la Cultura Miguel Uribe Restrepo de Envigado, 2015, among others. This is his first individual exhibition in Lima. The exhibition Del Origen al Cosmos. Cromolevitaciones by Hernán Espinoza may be visited at Galería ENLACE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO through April 14, 2017, from Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free and open to the public.