“The Fire’s Rest” art exhibition opened in Belize

Friday, April 27th, 2012

A remarkable art exhibition opened in Belize: “The Fire’s Rest”

The contemporary art exhibition “The Fire’s Rest” by Mexican artist Arturo Valencia, opened on Thursday, April 26th, at the Institute of Mexico in Belize City.

The exhibition is the result of the plastic work produced by Arturo Valencia-Ruiz for the past three years. It will tour different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean for the next months and Belize was chosen as the first country for this exhibition.

Arturo Valencia’s research is centered in exploring different raw materials within the painting tradition. For him, artistic materials intervene in communicating reflections or memories to the viewer that have directly nothing in common with the work itself, except that the work relates itself with vital aspects of the human being that in this proposal are represented by wood and iron.

Through conceptual art, he tackles the problem of the work process on an object, where the everyday life piece is used out of its context. The public will see daily used elements that take shape or are placed in a gallery, museum or simply inside a picture, to acquire a different value from the one they had as waste material.

Arturo Valencia also explores the study of time over the oxidation process of various objects that encircle people mainly wood and iron, where oxide is the oxygen that models or consumes all matter just as fire does.

In summary, he states that it is possible to use outworn materials as a dialogue between the object, the observer’s look and the artist’s experience. In this way, he gets a personal meaning of our historic environment, rescuing the material aspect of an object, the colour and their natural interventions to incorporate it to the process of society.


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