March 15 to April 28, 2017
There are many components present in the work of Ana Mercedes Hoyos representing the ways in which she addressed her plastic concerns throughout her artistic career. Although it is possible to think that her work is divided into periods, witnessing it together as a whole makes it possible to understand that the artist’s interest was always aimed at the exploration of three elements: geometry, light and color.
The idea of ennobling everyday life, inspired by Pop art, led her to paint what she saw in and through her window; a series of interior and exterior landscapes dominated by geometric and constructive planes and shaped by games of shadows and twilight. Gradually, the architectural reference of the window is reduced to the format of the canvas, giving rise to Atmósferas [Atmospheres], a group of paintings where tones are blended until they seem like monochromatic pieces.
This inquiry surrounding absolute light is precisely what compelled her to work with its decomposition to find color. With each painting, the tones of the rainbow coming from the disintegration of light gain a stronger intensity, which allowed her to direct her gaze towards earth, figurative landscapes and representation.
Based on a purely artistic admiration, Ana Mercedes approaches the idea of the still life through the interpretation of artists who were interested in the genre and its construction. Part of this body of work pays homage to Caravaggio, Zurbarán, Van Gogh, Jawlensky, Cezanne and Lichtenstein.
It is during a trip to Cartagena that the artist’s career takes a new conceptual turn when she finds what would become the basis of her future work in the tourist beaches and in the Bazurto Market: the fruit bowl, a living still life loaded with life and color which is Colombian, Caribbean, local, universal and full of history: a perfect meeting between geometry, light and color.
Taking as a starting point the photos she took during her visits, Ana Mercedes began the research that would allow her to know and understand the culture of the so-called first free people of America: San Basilio de Palenque. Using photos gave her the freedom to frame the planes according to her vision. The careful arrangement of light, the fragmented compositions where geometry becomes fundamental, and the relationship between different colors make each bowl a unique universe.
In the course of her research, Hoyos focused her attention on the dresses that the girls of Palenque wear at parties, some simple, others with bows. In addition to being a conjunction between geometry and color, these dresses are a cultural representation of freedom, friendship and solidarity. They are also an element of literal and symbolic celebration, which becomes, with Ana Mercedes’ painting, an emblematic image of the culture of Palenque.