I FINALLY stopped procrastinating (at least on this one thing) and went to Miguel Illescas's Art Gallery here in Cuenca. A place I had driven by more times than I can count and said to myself "self, I need to go there". I LOVE HIS WORK!!!
I've seen his work many times before, at arts and craft fairs and various fundraising events. I've even bid on one of his pieces...ONCE. Many of my acquaintances here in Cuenca have pieces of his work.
I WANT ONE!!! Hell, I want the whole damn gallery!!!
I used Bing Translator to translate a segment from his 'About Me' section on his website:
His..."works of art in two-dimensional and three-dimensional format, using materials such as iron, wood and mixed media for their chromatic solutions as a means of expression. He ventured into topics
ANTHROPOMORPHS, ZOOMORPHS, symbolism, giving his works a MYSTICAL character magical and PLAYFUL,
from the ancient to the contemporary, deeply Latin American but at the same time universal."
In case you're wondering what that big word "Anthropomorphs" is...here's a definition I found on the interwebs: "the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to a god, animal, or object."
Much of his work is made out of wood and metal, but takes on a ceramic-like finish. The squares you see, such as in the first photo, are metal upon which the figures are attached. The swirls in the metal give the mystical background a very 3 dimensional look.
Instead of me attempting to be an art critic and explain what each of these are supposed (?) to represent, I'm going to simply list words that come to mind when I see his works:
- Mystical (said that a few times)
- Sea Creatures
- Finding Nemo
To get an idea of the size of his pieces, take note of the informational card (about the size of an index card) posted next to it.
Many times I can whiz through an art gallery in nothing flat as I'm not so much taken by paintings and/or obscure/abstract art. But, in this gallery I stopped and admired each and every piece.
If you visit Cuenca, or live here, you MUST drop in and experience it for yourself.
Calle Larga 1-209
(approx 1 block before the Museum Pumapungo and Banco Central)
Why do I have the song "Under the Sea" stuck in my head now??
|I LOVE the Iguanas! These are 3 to 4ft long.|
|Male Frigate Bird|
Maybe 'he' is whistling a happy tune?
|My favorite....the Blue-footed Boobie|
(only because I like saying that)
|"OH SOLO MIO!!!"|
|I wonder if this whale is shunned by the other whales due to his rainbow colors?|
|He plays in the horns section AND the strings!|
|A Mardi Gras float?|
|If he joined the other guy, between the two of them, they would have a flute, horn, strings, and drum.|
Til next time.....
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