Newly opened at BEA, Carlos Alarcón’s show Trial and Error is being touted as a mini-retrospective, featuring a stellar selection of recent works, as well as some that have been pivotal to the evolution of the ultra-talented artist.
Exploring a range of different techniques and unique ways of working, Trial and Error is not only a technical showcase of skill but also a brilliant collection of beautiful artworks that catalogue Alarcón’s ability to tap into a broad spectrum of human emotion—from irony and humour to anxiety and anguish.
With works in painting, drawing, watercolour, collage, embroidery and even a special interactive performance piece called Anguish Collection Office on display, it’s hard not to be a little bit stunned with the sheer variety of Alarcón’s talents.
Highlights from several of Alarcón’s past series’ also feature in Trial and Error; among them are works from Soldiers, which uses symbols and iconography to comment on the violence suffered on the battlefield as well as the home front; Par/adoxes—a humorous collection of visual and verbal paradoxes that come in both logical and unexpected pairings; and Naturalezas Muretas, where the artist juxtaposes man and object in encounters that are both simple and compelling.
Another fascinating addition is the pieces from Notes on Art History, in which Alarcón recreates his old notebooks containing personal commentary on historical art figures and their most iconic works.
Of particular note though is Alarcón’s series Angush, which sees the artist capturing the anxieties of friends and strangers alike in a collection of intimate portraits. Made up of both smaller detailed drawings and watercolours, as well as large, hand-embroidered portraits; the confronting series brings the viewer face to face with our own sense of anguish in a public/private exchange of emotion.
Carlos Alarcón’s show Trial and Error is on from today at Beatriz Esguerra Art and will run until November 3.
Beatriz Esguerra Art is located at Cra. 16 No. 86A-31, Bogotá, Colombia, and is open Monday – Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm, and on Saturday by appointment.
You can find more information about the gallery and Carlos Alarcón at beatrizesguerra-art.com.