THE REACH OUT
Aug 15-Sept 28, 2023
恪理画廊 (Caelis Galería) 欣然宣布，将于2023年8月15日至9月28日呈现⻄班牙艺术家杰米·桑格罗个展《伸出援手》，迈入以油画形式描绘的成人世界讽刺游乐场。杰米·桑格罗生于1980年，主要聚焦于探索肌理的塑造与色彩的表达。来自艰难时期的黑白历史照片构成其灵感的出发点，俏皮、诙谐的卡通人物则注入一抹亮色，对照与张力之间，一场关于超现实、波普和讽刺元素之间的意义实验得以展开。
回到展览主题提供的另一条线索，我们离艺术家希望描述的现实真相究竟相距多远?场景中出现于 困难时期的人物具有军事领域的定位符，反映步入成人世界后所面临的暗沉脆弱一面。裹挟酸性色彩的卡通元素引用自电子游戏与美国电影，它们指向被遗忘的童年，流露着对纯真的丧失及原因的 反思，并试图在严肃的军事环境中找寻一丝微笑。克制忠实的摹写与跳脱幽默的拼接中，杰米试图向无解的种种严酷境遇“伸出援手”，在内省和距离之间取得和谐的平衡，溯古观今，以建立更具深度的共识。
Caelis Galería is delighted to announce the solo exhibition "Reach Out" by Spanish artist Jaime Sancorlo, which will be held from August 15th to September 28th, 2023. The exhibition showcases a series of oil paintings depicting the adult world as a playground of irony. Born in 1980, Jaime Sancorlo primarily focuses on exploring texture and expressing color. Drawing inspiration from historical black-and-white photographs from difficult periods, he injects a playful and witty touch of cartoon characters to create a juxtaposition of surreal, pop, and ironic elements, leading to a meaningful artistic experiment.
The thirteen artworks presented in the exhibition evoke a serene and quiet wilderness, seemingly untouched by the smoke of war. Each canvas presents a unique theme - from leisure and practice to rescue and armistice - infusing the difficult times captured in the photographs with a soft touch of life and vibrancy. Before settling on these themes, Jaime meticulously selected from an impressive array of images, choosing those that deeply resonated with his soul, expressing his contemplation of the cruelty and absurdity of war.
Through his astute artistic prowess, Jaime skillfully transforms the language of photography into a hyperrealistic painting language, prompting profound questions about the interplay between reality and the influx of popular symbols in our collective memory. Engaging in this thought-provoking exploration, visitors are encouraged to ponder which portrayal comes closest to the truth of the depicted events and to what extent their participation shapes their panoramic perception. At the heart of this artistic dialogue lies a subtle dance of replaced characters and newly birthed scene vignettes, sparking a fresh interplay with the original lens. This artistic montage empowers viewers to naturally fill in the missing narrative pieces, eagerly unraveling the tales suspended within each frame.
Behind the layers of historical fragments, Jaime Sancorlo pays tribute to the meticulous detailing of hyperrealism. At first glance, his artworks usually present an aged and somber black-and-white color palette. Yet, beneath the surface, the coarse texture and sharp edges reveal a transformative process of selective treatment, transcending mere reproduction to become an embodiment of carefully chosen authenticity. The Gestalt aesthetics offer an interpretative entry point to this phenomenon of ambiguity, where the stimulating patterns are "different from one's experience" yet "connected to it." This maximizes the triggering of perceptual exploration, as described by Gombrich as intertextuality. The "too close" experience brought by realism, in turn, fosters a physiological sense of unfamiliarity, piecing together composite fragments of multi-sensory input, replacing the conventional mental images with the meanings conveyed by the objects.
Delving deeper into the exhibition's themes, the personas encountered amidst these trying times are adorned with military signifiers, mirroring the somber aspects of adulthood. The acid-colored cartoon elements reference electronic games and American movies, pointing to a forgotten childhood, expressing the loss of innocence and contemplation of its reasons, and attempting to find a trace of a smile amidst the serious military environment. Jaime's artistic craftsmanship, blending restrained and faithful depictions with humorous assemblages, extends an empathetic hand to the numerous harsh realities, encouraging viewers to strike a harmonious balance between introspection and distance. By embracing the past and present, we can build profound consensus, awakening a newfound depth within ourselves.