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Dense City - Chito Borja

Sept 23 - Oct 7, 2017

Chito Borja makes sculptures, paintings and mixed media artworks. His works are often about contact with architecture and basic living elements often using references and ideas integrated into the process and the composition of the works. He often creates several practically and seemingly identical works that undergo transformations and a disconcerting aesthetic emerges which is touchingly beautiful but at the same time painfully attractive. The series of works, revealed as assemblages bears witness to great craftsmanship and incorporate time as well as space by investigating the ambiguity and reconstructing the momentary as a fictional and experiential universe that only emerges bit by bit. While his sculptures never shows the complete structure, each work represents a multitude of forms and focuses on the idea of space, a space that is economically uninteresting and where the the landscape are examined in less obvious ways.

 

While searching for new methods to 'read the landscape' and hindered by territorial disputes between two nations, the artist anchors his own interpretation based on historical realities. In a world of ongoing equilibrium, where human knowledge and the environment or the energy of the place are always important, these works leaves us orphaned with a mix of conflicting feelings and thoughts, like little monuments of our own cannibal and civilized selves.

 

- wire tuazon

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