GESTALT EXHIBITION

1994

An abstract figurative
With an interesting proposal, youth painter Lucas Posada exposes his recent work in the headquarters of the Chancellery, in Bogotá.
The paintings of youth Lucas Posada exhibited in the chancellery by these days, San Carlos’ Palace in Bogotá, usually retain the spectator several minutes. It is probable that the first visual contact with the alone canvas deciphers the multicolored stain that invades to the canvas in hasty disorder. But once the eyes rest to sight the work in group, the forms begin to arise. Then they are no longer simple oil layers. But torsos that fight to assume His identity in front of the spectator; they are not simple decorations that the spatula has placed on the cloth, but faces that lean out from the bottom: I don’t unite but several formed among as oneself eye. Perhaps with oneself mouth, but with independent expression.
The exhibition is titled Gestalt and makes reference, as it describes, to the psychological current German of century principles that didn’t take the Self in autonomy, if not in mutual relationship with the other and with the means that surrounds it. But more than psychology, career in which he graduated in the University of Los Andes and with the one that made a graduate degree in art and psychology in the University of Massachusetts, what has marked Lucas Posada’s work has been his contact with the Colombian natives among those the Kogi, of the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta, His life together to the influence of the German expressionism and of painters as Jackson Pollok, overflowed in the canvas, adopting among white abstract references, a figurative, solid and independent language.
In most of the 65 works that conform the sample, the spectator can observe the author’s careful chromatic handling to achieve the wanted effect. The figures arise clear of the thick layer of multicolored painting, but the same faces go being deformed as the eye stops in them. They also assume maybe instantaneous and ephemeral expressions that suggest a constant movement, so that the spectator doesn’t forget that the things are there. But alone they exist in the way like the man observes them.
Between the abstract thing and the figurative thing, Lucas Posada has been able to create a solid and independent language.