19.01.2017 – 17.03.2017
On January 19, “EL ESPÍRITU DE LA MONTAÑA” opened at ALICE Gallery in Brussels, Belgium. This was the artist, Sixe Paredes, first individual show of 2017. For the occasion ALICE Gallery published a catalog that accompanies the exhibition, a limited edition of 500 copies.
The show will take place until March 17th, 2017.
“In my imagination, the mountain and nature have given me in an infinite amount of elements, which have been part of the basis of some of my works. I like the idea of the mountain as a magical place, as the origin of a part of transcendence. Nature as a being, in the union of all its elements”.
With his latest works, the artist Sixe Paredes tries to make us understand that Nature, the planet, is part of our identity. There is a very important interaction between inner feelings and the environment, even if we are not conscious. Our surroundings affect us, define our limits, how we perceive everything, it determines our rhythms, characteristics, the sense of movement and the meaning of our lives.
The artist takes a language from another dimension, that of Nature and, as different cultures did throughout the ages, through his artwork converts it into a language appropriate for our time. One that allows us to establish a connection, a contact with these forces of Nature, which are both outside and inside each one of us.
In his work, there is a psychological identification between the person and the landscape. As a metaphor, “climb a mountain” means to make a vital ascent to reach the summit and once there, to experience what is meant to be united with everything. Stop being individuals and become a collective. At the top we are closer to the sky, we see the light, we see everything from another perspective, it is a metaphor for reaching enlightenment, wisdom.
Sixe is interested in the connection of energies between Mother Nature and her son, the human being. By being aware that we are part of that totality, there is a continuous conversation, a continuous interaction at the energetic level. We are water, rock, we are wind … the various types of matter that are in Nature, are physically within us. If we manage to take this to a conscious level and go to specific points, such as the mountain, this interconnection is strengthened. This is why the artist represents those specific places where human beings go throughout different civilizations, cultures and times and where he has had certain experiences. The human being knows that the awakening of his conscience is fostered by certain concrete spaces. His experience tells him that there are enclaves in nature especially suitable for consuming spiritual, mental and physical contact with the universe of which he is a part.
Through his works, Sixe Paredes tells sacred and magical stories, the relationship between heaven and earth, between day and night, between animals and humans, between masculine and feminine, between life and death, united in a world of certain colors and forms with which he expresses transcendent universes in a symbolic construction. Messages in different planes and readings, figures and signs that are abstracted from an imaginary world, influenced by myths, legends, figures and signs. The great divine manifestations of all the traditions of all times and places are related to light or fire, water, and the mountain and its caves.
In his works, he develops a very personal symbolist aesthetic, characterized by the use of certain colors and geometric shapes. He uses geometric schematic figures (proto-symbols) which allow him to take back symbols from our roots and ancestry. Primitive symbols that have a contemporary vision of ancient times.
These works are inspired by some cultures of Peru, a country in which over the past years the artist has spent different periods, traveling and researching ancient ancestral techniques such as ceramics and looms. The result of which is that his work has clearly been influenced by Andean cultures.
The interest in these roots is not limited to painting, he also works with different techniques such as sculpture, weaving and pottery. The looms and quipus are ancient artistic manifestations, techniques of more than two thousand years old that the artist shows under a new contemporary vision. In his textiles, he uses several materials, hand-dyed wool with natural dyes brought from Peru, cotton strings, beads and painted wooden bars. The quipus were a mnemonic system used for administrative purposes throughout the Inca empire. They were made from llama or alpaca wool or cotton chains. The position of the knots, as well as the quantity, indicated numerical values. The colors, in turn, indicated the article that was counted, so for each activity (agriculture, military, engineering, etc.), there was a symbology of the colors. The information provided by quipus is numerical, but they also most certainly demonstrate a form of writing as well.
Sixe Paredes is an artist who works with the transmutation of forms to multiple supports and artistic techniques, he plays with and recreates different states of the same concept with the abstract figurative, an assembly where the elements form a whole and leave the door open for our imagination to enjoy countless readings.
Currently, he is also interested in many other ancient cultures from around the world and the interrelation that exists between them and how they share myths and legends. In the words of the artist: “The human being influenced by myths and legends, by forbidden archeology, by all the mysteries lost in the night of time, many of them interrelated among themselves.”
Texto: Laura García-Borreguero Gómez