Individual exhibition, through May 2, 2013.
The work of Jorge Pineda, one of the most famous artists of the current artistic scene of Dominican Republic and the Caribbean, is presented like a re-reading of traditional themes and disciplines to address his personal art with a socially-marked content.
From the simplicity of the techniques like painting, drawing or engraving, his work acquires a conceptual dimension by introducing in it several popular rites and customs, which are the basis to elaborate an idea of contemporary identity within the framework of the current urban culture.
During his career, Jorge Pineda has worked on varied formats, including painting, sculpture, installation and video. One of the characteristics of his work is precisely this one: a process of continual change where the artist plays with space and invites the audience to be part of the artwork, by making it abandon its role of simple viewer.
The reinterpretation of the archetypes of the Dominican society as well as the analysis of diverse social issues of the context, as it will be reflected in this exhibition, are the motor of a reflection on the Hispano-American collective history which has been formed in the course of the successive generations.
With the words of Fernando Castro Flórez : his artworks, from a conceptual reference to Latin-America and the contradictions the neoliberal economic model has triggered within it, with the apparent willingness of social criticism, but without being either pamphlet or silly literalism. From racism to child violence, from prostitution to a kind of generalized simulacra, Jorge Pineda also makes the allegory of the heated questions of our time. Far from a sublimatory mentality but also aware that the goal of art is not to do soft sociology, this artist embodies to the extreme the glocal theme: his subjects have a very specific territorial root but at the same time, are linked to what is going on in the rest of the world.
In the introduction of the catalogue of Shadows and others Fairy Tales, Mariluz Hoyos tells us : Pineda donne au spectateur la possibilité d’un coup d’œil à une histoire familière. Dans certains cas, c’est dur de résister à l’allure du conte de fées alors que notre esprit tente de le reconstruire, mais il complexifie le conte que nous pensons connaître en en interrompant le rythme et la trame..
Opening program on February 7- 7pm: Conference of Jorge Pineda, « After all, tomorrow is another day » ; 8pm Inauguration.
IVAM, Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Guillem de Castro 118, Valencia, Spain.
Exhibition on view from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 7pm, from February 7 through May 2, 2013.
Headline picture’s credits : Jorge Pineda © IVAM