An­dres Dorigo

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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"

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