Human Topographies

05.13 – 30.06.16

Roberto Cortazar and Hector Velazaquez.

Human Topographies, presents a selection of works showcasing three different generations of artists working in Mexico City. Through painting, drawing and sculptures, the artists dissect and reconstitute three-dimensionally the topographies of human physical and spiritual landscapes. Works include paintings from Mexican icon Roberto Cortazar’s Dynamic series -recently exhibited at the San Diego Museum of Art-, unique yarn covered sculptures by Hector Velazquez, as well as paper drawings and ceramics by Spanish rising star Maria Garcia-Ibanez.

Topographies are defined as the arrangement of the natural and artificial physical features of an area or an organism. As with the three artists’ works, topographies relate to the graphic representation of the form on a map by a variety of techniques, including contour lines, hypsometric tints, and relief shading.

Roberto Cortazar offers a new kinetic energy to the human body. The delicate combination of dissected and reconstituted parallel bands gives the beautiful images of body and face a sense of movement that opens up infinite possibilities of its position in time and space.

Hector Velazaquez’ work weaves itself into the exploration of the body as a connector to our inner self and to the world that surrounds us. Through deeply intimate representations of the body, he surveys, as a cartographer, each of the senses, explores genealogical ties and maps that link between our physical and spiritual existence.

Maria’s paper drawings and sculptures of mountains, return us to our origins.  Her delicate stratum lines map our own connection to the land and allow introspection into our most basic and pure feelings.