(July 8 – August 7, 2010)

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Three-dimensional textile in plant fiber, 134 x 108 x 108 cm.

ENLACE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO Gallery (Av. Pardo y Aliaga 676, San Isidro) announces the opening of the solo exhibition VIAJE AL INTERIOR DEL VOLUMEN by MIGUEL CALLIRGOS, next Thursday, July 8. Callirgos (Lima, 1970) studied painting at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. His solo shows have included: “El hombre máquina y el organismo asociado” (“The Man-Machine and the Associated Organism”) (Forum Gallery, 2003); and “Ícono” (“Icon”) (Cecilia González Gallery, 1999). His work has also won him awards such as Second Prize in the Young Art Competition (1998) and an Honorable Mention in the Third Johnnie Walker Painting Contest (1997). This exhibition is made up of geometric drawings and large, three-dimensional plant fiber textile installations, which offer a conception or vision of space and how it is organized, forming a conceptualization of three-dimensional space. The initial outlines of this approach may be seen in the technique used in the geometric drawings. In them, the operation underway is that of joining points through a line, but it is more than just that. This stage serves to help interiorize the idea of the Unity of elements in the space. The drawing allows him to work in two dimensions, and the three-dimensional textile appears out of the necessity for development in three dimensions. With the geometric drawings, Callirgos achieves a precise balance among reason, order, and necessity, with the sensitive and spiritual poetics inherent to art. This sensitivity manifests itself in the form, the spirituality of the matter. The two-dimensional textile only requires warp and woof, which form the surface. In the present process, emphasis is placed on volume, in order to understand how volume is constituted and generated. “For this reason, when I created the three-dimensional textile, I needed to conceptualize a third, interweaving element. I also developed interweaving patterns for each textile, which are always based on three-dimensional geometric models. In short, the three-dimensional textile is a volume constructed by the trajectory of the plant fibers—which I used in their creation—via points, lines, and planes. The key to the creation of these textiles lies in the ‘interweaving pattern.’ The definition of this interweaving pattern makes it possible to connect each part with the whole. This ‘connecting pattern’ is always a three-dimensional unit that contains specific instructions to maneuver in three-dimensional space. The final result is a volume constructed from the path traced out by the plant fibers, through points, lines, and planes.” José M. Callirgos. Of his work, Élida Román tells us: “What Callirgos proposes with the distribution in space of these object-textiles is a reformulation of the sensorial experience, whether through the automatic approximation and the tactile offer, or through the presence as its own entity in each one of the pieces, standing like extraordinary figures. The heir of certain practices of pop art, but also of immediate associations with the old textile tradition, Callirgos has not ceased to work on the image with pictorial criteria that he has gradually shed, continuing on his search for diverse and contemporary forms with strictly visual contents. This search and discovery is far from negligible. Beyond a doubt, he is clearly on the right path.” (2003). The exhibition may be viewed through August 7, from Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. No entry fee.