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“Game Over” & “Colors of Ecuador”
Exhibition of 7 Ecuador Artists Being Held at Byul Gallery in Seoul Oct. 24-Nov. 9
Sponsored by Embassy of Ecuador in Seoul
“Anfibianos” (2013) by Juan Caguana

The special event of plastic and photographic exhibitions by seven artists of Ecuador is being held at the Byul Gallery in Seoul’s Myeong-dong area from Oct. 24 to Nov. 9, 2013, the Embassy of Ecuador in Seoul announced recently.

The Exhibition Opening Reception took place at the Byul Gallery at 6 p.m. on Oct. 24 (Thursday), 2013, according to the gallery Director Kim Hyun-Geun.

Among the hundreds of guests were a number of prominent foreign ambassadors and their spouses from many countries including Georgia, Dominica Republic, Belarus, and Ukraine.

He said that three of the seven participating Ecuador artists were present at the opening reception on the day.

A spokesperson from the Embassy of Ecuador in Seoul says that the seven contemporary artists of Ecuador assembled to approach childhood in a playful manner, playing with their work and creating a dialectical relation between irony and innocence.

Ecuadorian Ambassador to Seoul Nicolas Trujillo (center) poses with his spouse (2nd from right), Ecuadorian artist Manuel Aviles Prieto (3rd from right), and with other foreign ambassadors during the opening reception of the exhibition of the seven Ecuadorian artists held at Byul Gallery in Seoul on Oct. 24, 2013.

This exhibition is designed to showcase the seven Ecuadorian artists who have been working during the last two years in a solid, continuous and visible manner, originating visibility for their work in various forums.

Their explorations include a wide range of techniques, including experimental practices, applying concepts from drawing, painting and sculpture, but using no conventional materials or a creative use of traditional materials.

The art works explore being a child from a deconstructive perspective of the childhood icon. There is not a uniform itinerary, there are plural views. There are horribly dramatic and deceitful aspects that we can appreciate in “Anfibianos” (2013) by Juan Caguana, with a resulting images being those of candid and naïve kids but also nebulous, disturbing and sinister. These are kids whose eyes are replaced by a reptilian look.

Drama inhabits several of these works.
The conflict and coexistence of good and evil’s shown in a piece called “El Beso.” (2013) by Graciela Guerrero.

The characters’ action and connotation: a priest kissing an altar boy, of course, is with the intention of shaking the moral foundation that is provided by religious structure, through the naïve action presented in an ambiguous posture.

Fragments of childhood emerge from “Recopilación No.1” (2013) by Fernando Falconi.

In a curious and a somewhat innocent manner, these little paintings provide an interpretation of childhood. Intuitively and naively, these images are selected, intermingled with the intentions of a boy scout. Nevertheless, these ingredients are later combined to establish more complex logics.

Mr. Manuel Aviles Prieto (right), Ecuadorian artist, poses with two other participating artists during the opening reception of the exhibition of the seven Ecuadorian artists held at Byul Gallery in Seoul on Oct. 24, 2013. Photos by Tariq Patras of The Seoul Times

The communication between childhood and adulthood achieves a more explicit point in The Exhibition through the piece “Transmission” (2012) by Stefano Rubira.

Rubira points at the exchange of dialect between the child and adult conscience, using drawings as a language to represent reality, on one hand stressing human milestones and symbols of the light of reason, and in other, the spontaneity of a scribble, evidence of vital energy in a child’s painting.

Ricardo Coello in "El Fuerte de los Susurros" (2013), is a vision with multiple possibilities, as occurs in a story.

A table and a chair made by Coello’s father a long time ago, and that have been with him during his whole life, are a source of an strong symbolic personal meaning that allows the artist to present it as a mystical element, with magical features. The table and chair become a mirror, where they turn up an evident, although fragile, subtle and delicate brief construction symbol: himself (the artist), ashes.

Ecuadorian Ambassador to Seoul Nicolas Trujillo (2nd from right) poses with Director Kim Hyun-Geun (2nd from left) of Byul Gallery, with President Kim Yun-Ja of DDOBYUL Cosmetics during the opening reception of the exhibition of the seven Ecuadorian artists held at Byul Gallery in Seoul on Oct. 24, 2013.

Anxiety inspires the work entitled “ Ropa Sucia” (2013) by Juana Córdova. The animated characters founded in his band-aid collections are heroes in the imagination of a child's world. With this material, Juana Córdova crafts a dress as a means to answer questions related to the vulnerability of innocence. This dress is a double skin, you find it presently empty, but it can be inhabited anytime.

The photographic work of Nicolas Kingman is focused in the childhood experiences that reproduce a pattern of behavior based on the conditional behavior (reward-punishment), it plays a key role in the structured social conditioning beginning with childhood pursuit of emotional rewards.

In that manner, it builds a system that is repressive, competitive and demanding.

As opposed to adults, children recognize themselves as they are, in a sincere way. The title of the painting “Soy Loque Soy “(2006) – (I am what I am) by Lucia Falconi, she attempts, if possible, to guide the spectator to reflect, both within and outside of themselves.

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