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2012 ''Ôaureapolis II''
Drawing Exhibition
3 - 31 March 2012

Chiaki Kamikawa Contemporary Art - Pafos

The drawings of Susan Vargas explore the infinite possibilities of the material while also experimenting with pencil, charcoal, and wax crayon.

Combining washes and linear drawings allows for an expressive use of the materials and treatment of the subject matter.

She relates the material in an intuitive manner to the subject constructing images from memories, personal stories, myths and daily life thus achieving a very personal pictorial imagery.

Animals, bulls, priests, rituals, natural disasters, cities are juxtaposed in surreal and poetic ways to search and question our responsibility and position in relation to the world we live in.

Although the drawings express a critical approach to the subject there is also a sense of humor in the narrative created by the unexpected use of imagery.

 
   

The Gallery Chiaki Kamikawa Contemporary Art in Pafos will present drawings in ink by the artist Susan Vargas titled “Taureapolis II”.  The drawings belong to the same series as the paintings in the exhibition “Taureapolis” which she presented in Larnaca and Nicosia.

The drawings of Susan Vargas explore the infinite possibilities of the material while also experimenting with pencil, charcoal, and wax crayon.  Combining washes and linear drawings allows for an expressive use of the materials and treatment of the subject matter. She relates the material in an intuitive manner to the subject constructing images from memories, personal stories, myths and daily life thus achieving a very personal pictorial imagery.  Animals, bulls, priests, rituals, natural disasters, cities are juxtaposed in surreal and poetic ways to search and question our responsibility and position in relation to the world we live in.  Although the drawings express a critical approach to the subject there is also a sense of humor in the narrative created by the unexpected use of imagery.

The art theorist Christodoulos Callinos wrote: 

‘’All works of art, wrote Theodore Adorno, are enigmatic.  This enigmatic quality is due to the fact that while they say something at the same time they mean something else.  I would say that the works of Susan Vargas hide more than one enigma.  In the work one can find hidden codes, symbols and allegories which direct us to specific moments of the European Avant-Garde as well as to the great tradition of Iberian art from the prehistoric cave paintings of Altamira to the masters of the 19th and 20th century.”

The work of Susan Vargas questions the rational order and liberates the latent elements of the objects.  “Painting”, wrote Andre Breton, “should announce the coming of a new world” and the artist has remained true to this call.  Using imagination and dreams as a weapon the artist frees painting from oppressive structures and relations. Flying bottles, boats that roam between the built and pictorial environment, vehicles that are guided by strange beasts, objects in unexpected places create a paradoxical narrative which reactivate the mysterious and magical qualities of everyday life.

Titles such as “The first day of the Achaeans in Pafos”, “Eteocypriots”, “Bull and boats in the Mediterranean” show the effects that the local history and culture have had on her work.  Susan Vargas’ work reflects a mature encounter between the Latin American tradition and Mediterranean culture.

 
     
     
     

 

 

 

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