Laboratorio artístico en 2.0, Caracas, Venezuela
July 23, 2020
The artist’s studio, this very personal space, engages in a complex way with the artist’s being. He or she demands its presence and the on going reflection; it is there where the material and the artist dance in unison, bringing out the work, a result of the action, knowledge, and recognition generated by the environment and creative thinking. Creating a bond is essential, its expression revolves around man; landscapes, memories, the intangible things or any other subject problematizes and activates philosophical thought. The artist’s studio is a living entity, it breathes and throbs inside and outside the artist, that is why when facing a peer, a celebration occurs opening for both of them a large field of activity and reflection.
In the midst of multiple thoughts in my own studio, I felt the uneasiness to go to another level. I had the need to interact with other artists to continue to stimulate the thinking process and the action that the work demands. Living and understanding the events that are presented before us worldwide—so unreal that they seem almost fictitious—the initiative arose as a way to link our different studios, working together and providing the opportunity to create and intervene a visual art piece, and be intervened in return. Mario Benedetti writes in one of his poems “That one afternoon you come closer and look at yourself, look at yourself when looking at me.” That phrase describes one of the benefits of this exercise because, although at first each pair of artists was related from the aesthetic differences presented in their work, it turned out that each one found a part of himself in the other, allowing an innate recognition of the way to approach the visual arts. Each one was comfortable with the idea of opening up to a closer eye, an equal that understands them in their complex and introspective being.
I presented the idea to each friend and they soon empathized with this demanding need to do art, concatenate and continue our thinking and dialogue, even at distance.
During the process of connecting with each other, the camaraderie and the reflective dialogue that arises when art is present became tangible. As students, we sit down to listen and see with detail the discourse, statement, and visual expression of our partner in order to understand it and bring it to our own land, joining both visions in one image.
Emails, WhatsApp chats, video calls, voice memos, and DM—even at dawn—were the paths chosen to develop the interaction of images, sketches, and ideas that would later be freely intervened; as long as they are suitable for the 2.0 format. Each couple found a way to shake hands and nurture not individuality, in which the artist creates his personal universe before the work, but the common ground with the partner. We let the visual language to speak freely showcasing the language of our partner more than our own. The approach managed to awaken the interest of connectivity and union in a highly profitable moment and above all necessary for the artist and the studio.
The individual experiences of Twelve Artists are reflected in each of the pieces; in their diversity, they show the condensed time that the focus and dedication of each pair achieved. This format allowed us to find and expand ideas working together, by four hands, it encourages us to pay attention to the communion and silent complicity between artists. The boundaries disappeared, as it always happens in the presence of art.
A lucky and rewarding meeting, in which we won as a group, as individuals, and as artists.
Katiuska Angarita – Paul Parella, David Montoya – Dianora Peréz-Montilla, George Lavarca – Dina Villarraga, Mary Martinez – Gioconda Berrios, Alfredo Martinez – Walker Ríos, Víctor Avellaneda – Luis Arroyo.