Perceptual Illusion

Exhibition project that brings together the recent work of Ximena de Valdenebro and a retrospective exhibit by Hernando Velandia. Each artist displays an individual proposal that offers a summary or an overview of their explorations with matter and their ideas in the last years. To enhance this gesture each artist takes one floor of the gallery and installs their pieces.

In this exhibition artists navigate through concepts that allude to collective memory, the secular image, time and specially to psychogeography, which is a proposal of situationism in which is intended to understand the effects, the forms of the geographic environment and how these phenomena affect peoples’ emotions and behavior.

From:
August 17, 2021
To:
September 11, 2021

Ximena de Valdenebro and Hernando Velandia

Exhibition project that brings together the recent work of Ximena de Valdenebro and a retrospective exhibit by Hernando Velandia. Each artist displays an individual proposal that offers a summary or an overview of their explorations with matter and their ideas in the last years. To enhance this gesture each artist takes one floor of the gallery and installs their pieces.

In this exhibition artists navigate through concepts that allude to collective memory, the secular image, time and specially to psychogeography, which is a proposal of situationism in which is intended to understand the effects, the forms of the geographic environment and how these phenomena affect peoples’ emotions and behavior.

In the current context we found ourselves immersed in a world scenery in which societies are being reactivated, many are the things that were reconfigurated and others have disappeared, this scenario has revealed the outlines of the economic system at a global level. A situation that manifested during this period of isolation is the potential that digital media offer to edify particular realities. For example, multiple users used applications that allowed them to share their illusions and from these platforms build a network that alters the perception of intimate space.

During the past year, people had the time and space to explore their personal interests and others suffered a diverse series of psychological difficulties. When we mention psychogeography it is important to update this term in our present geopolitical environment. Even though technology has allowed us to explore universes on a macro-micro scale and science has enabled us to understand the invisible dimensions to human perception. Geographic space has extended to virtual worlds, soils of other planets in our solar system and now to territories of virtuality have built a network of perceptual illusions, which allow us to explore our imagination in an expanded and technology-assisted way.

In Ximena De Valdenebro’s work entitled “Fronteras del aire”, the artist speculates about the consequences of climate change, therefore it is pertinent for us to ask which is our perception about this phenomenon, even though the media widely spread the circumstances that have led to this geo-climatic anomaly, probably in the public domain the causes and circumstances that underline this situation are unknown. Psychogeography tried to explain how the geographical environment affects the human psyche, now we have to add to them the virtual universes and the geographical settings created in those dimensions.

Ximena presents a series of objects that blend drawing, painting and sculpture. In terms of materiality, the viewer will find volumes and geometric shapes that are combined with irregular forms, this alludes to the way in which a world that was considered solid and formal is becoming blurred before a cluster of individual realities. The pandemic intensified the notion of borders and territorial limits. Which is a geopolitical illusion, hence from spatial panoramic views the earth is seen as a whole, where all humanity is submerged in the same space.

Hernando Velnadia’s work examines the importance of cinematographic images in our collective unconscious, for Velandia some of these images establish power games that have been maintained during different periods of history in civilizations. From his perspective, artworks can be resolved in different ways, this is why he is presenting his personal archive, which is a logbook that has allowed him to monitor his ideas’ progress over time. A notion that has captivated his creative process, was the xpression of the russian filmmaker Andrei Tartovsky: “Sculpt on time”, this idea is of vital importance and has been proven by physics, stars and planets are formed in the nebulae. A process of thousands of years in which matter is compacted to form these stellar bodies. To Hernando, time is a force that allows him to materialize his ideas and images, which he has overlapped in his memory to then project them in his different pieces. One can identify: photographs of monumental artworks by international artists, fragments of local architecture and decorative styles of art history, visual resources that complement with multidisciplinary research, assisted by professionals from fields outside the art world, he manages to execute works that incorporate different mechanisms and technical devices, with this methodology he can express his artistic concerns.

The perceptual illusion that we witness today confronts scientific speculation and the possible hypotheses of post-human civilizations, which could construct a better habitat for future generations. Then, it is our responsibility, to differentiate between this network of universes of illusion, virtualization and avatar, to decide which is the reality that we want to build and share to configure a multilateral collective intelligence in order to overcome the crises to come.

Curator: John Ángel Rodríguez.