A rambling estate with contrasting environments and simple exuberance on the big island of Hawaii is the perfect location for "artist in residence" Argentinian artist, Andres Dorigo, to study life's mysteries. Jones met Dorigo while curating at the Art Vancouver event last May. Andres was formally trained as an architect at the University of Santa Fe in Argentina, though he would come to realize his true calling was in the world of art. In Andres’ words, "Art has to do with what is not said!" His artistic practice seeks to portray both the rawness of nature and the complexity of human behavior. He delves into questions regarding everyday life with the intent of decrypting the parodic behavior found in the mundane. You may have to look carefully in order to reveal his subtle proposal, yet there exists a strong expressive force waiting to be perceived. Intensity, serenity, solidity, passion, exploration and mastery of the material are places where this artist positions himself to make a creative recognition, to articulate the real and the symbolic. Each stroke tells us something that you must explore to allow the articulation of the messages and wander in between the shapes of a unique code to construct the story. Andres has a large series of works where he
roams the littoral, the shore functioning as an internal landscape of self that he frames with his moods. Sometimes he stands in a place where bugs and toads approach the viewer; other times he watches from above and sees how the river turns into a great wave, and the swarm of insects melds with all the greens of his birthplace. Scenarios from the past and the present, flora and fauna described or invented are put together like a Jesuit catalogue. Currently, Andres is working on "Naturaliza", a series of paintings inspired by his time exploring the various ecospheres of the island of Hawaii. It will be presented in various galleries in Sydney, New York and Vancouver.
above, Lovers, mixed techniques on paper, 17.5" x 23.5" right, Submerged, collage on conglomerate wood, 55" x 47"
above, Ja Ja Ja Series, mixed techniques on paper, 47" x 47" right top, Alvaro Born, collage on conglomerate wood, 55" x 43" right bottom, Politics and...., mixed techniques on conglomerate wood, 20" x 24"