THE UNIMAGINABLE HORIZON
In her new exhibition, Maya Gelfman explores deep psychological states through a series of non-objective paintings. These works can be seen as a form of cartography, maps to hidden places, to blocked paths, to new roads. This marks a shift in Gelfman’s repertoire. Her practice was figurative, symbolic, rooted in researching mythologies as a reference point to understanding trauma. But in these new paintings, she renounces such practices. This corresponds with profound shifts in her life.
In 2017, Gelfman and her partner embarked on an ambitious performative experiment. They donated their possessions, moved to a foreign country and took an old van as their home. They invited strangers to dictate their route and next interactions, and they created public works that reflected those experiences. The “Serendipity Experiment” lasted 4 years across 100,000 km in the USA. The pandemic found them still on the road. Without a home-base to quarantine in, without the safety net of a family or income, the notion of “embracing uncertainty” took on an even deeper meaning.
Having recently settled down again, Gelfman could finally go back to studio work. There, she encountered an inner blockade – past inspirations, techniques and means were no longer accessible. “I felt they were frozen inside me, or rusty. Not being able to fully process all the experiences and changes I had gone through, I could not just pick up from where I left.”
The breakthrough came when she stopped trying to “paint something” and shifted to “conveying the rusty feeling of being stuck”, when she allowed the subconscious to manifest directly onto the canvas. This unleashed an uninhibited creativity.
Breath of the South
The exhibition represents the works of four artists. Jumu Monster, Pichardo, WiseTwo and Guri.
Jurena Muñoz Lagunas, Ju Mu, with Peruvian-Chilean roots born in 1990 in Hannover. Studied fashion design at the Universitat de les Illes Balears in Palma. She lives as a freelance artist in Berlin.
Enrique Pichardo Egea was born in Mexico City on April 17, 1973, where he currently lives and works. From a very young age he showed great interest in the plastic arts, creating his own puppets and hobbies. In 1995 he decides to focus on his true passion. Painting. In the same year he enters the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving (ENPEG) “La Esmeralda” where Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo have already studied.
WiseTwo is a world-artist. A global nomad: Bhupi Jethwa, known under the pseudonym “WiseTwo”. He is Kenyan with Indian roots, lives in Nairobi and began his artistic ventures there.His pictures are full of symbols with masks, signs and references to shamanic rituals.
“Gurí” means “child” in the Guaraní language. This Argentinian artist has travelled throughout Latin America for the last eleven years. In his artwork he gets inspired by the cosmovision and culture of the original people of each country he visits. He started painting murals in 2009. His artwork can be found in galleries and streets in more than 15 countries.