About Julio Pacheco Rivas
Abstract geometric paintings and assemblies
For more than four decades Julio Pacheco Rivas has consistently showcased his body of work in Venezuela and abroad. His mainly large format abstract geometric paintings and assemblies deal in general with the notion of urban space, utopias and the cities. With his work, he intends to reaffirm his notion that painting is nothing but an illusion. His representation of cities, monuments and landscapes, that apparently lack symbols, present also a critical view of modernity. He is well known for his impossible geometries and spaces, yet he has more recently worked on large format installations and paintings of objects that he assembles with painted MDF.
Pacheco Rivas works with the simplification or abstraction of quotidian buildings, constructions or objects and their relationship to space, that is, how series and repetitions of chairs, brushes, stairs, tables and scaffolds seek their space through diverse viewpoints. Over the years, his palette has been characterized by neutral shades and pastel tones of grey, green and opaque pink. Most recently, plain black sharp bold juxtapositions of silhouettes and shapes of objects rather than the depiction of object itself construct Pacheco Rivasâ€™ work. Its rigorous and aseptic geometries build memories of civilizations that seem to have lost their humanity, and play with the notion of the daily objects with a de-humanized perspective, creating new spaces for scale and high contrast figures, where details have disappeared to open towards solid constructions. Nevertheless, his solitary urban landscapes and empty spaces deprived of human figures, speak clearly about everything human.
About Sydia Reyes
â€œWhat could this work be telling us?â€
â€œSydia is interested in what the spectator might ask him or herself, â€œWhat could this work be telling us?â€ Serie proyectos is a continuation of her ecological concerns, now with a poetic and optimistic approach that incorporates man into the sculptural landscape that she proposes. Whether it be a sculpture, an installation or a video-installation, Sydia Reyes inspires the spectator to reflect upon the urban, social, ecologic and human landscapes.
Sydia Reyesâ€™s artistic spirit is imbued with a broad vision of the world and of art. An artist by intuition, by sensitivity and talent, she explores the synchronicity between life and art, focusing on concerning issues in contemporary society. She strives for harmony in her esthetic proposals, which tend to reflect upon the creative process as an isomorphic relationship between what the artist wants to say and what is represented as a recognizable visual structure. She searches for ties and mediations between two powerful forces: the material aspect and the social aspect. Even though she uses urban references, she abandons the mechanical aspect that may imply paraphrasing or appropriating an image. The goal in doing so is to use the objectâ€™s most intrinsic meaning, which serves as the main basis for her work. â€œBelgica Rodriguez, art critic & curator