NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MEXICAN ART. Chicago. USA

This summer, after my ankle was healed, I’ve been able to go and stay a month in Chicago, living in Little village, Pilsen neighborhood.

I was invited by the National Museum of Mexican Art in order to do a large workshop with the students of this institution.

PAJARO COSMICO. Chicago. 2013

PAJARO COSMICO. 6x18m. Spraypaint and acrylic. Chicago. USA

There, I had far enough time to accomplish what I had to. And I always have admired popular kraftwork, worldwide geometric patterns. And Mexican folk Art is a great sample of it.

So I felt like it was time and space for me to dig a bit the roots of the Art, to talk about what influences me, to work again with devotion and rigor within the intuition. Going deeper in seek, back to the basis of geometry. Introducing the students to ancient knowledge, accessible and meaningful to all.

So I decided to introduce the kids to the science of vibration, also called CYMATIC.

There is a lot to say….but what I wanted to show them, or to show you, is that geometry is not an abstract concept, but a physical truth. It was for me, very important to understand this, so I wanted to share part of it. If we meet someday, we’ll probably talk about it.

SKETCH & PATERN STUDIES.

PATTERN STUDIES. Sketch for PAJARO COSMICO.

Above, this is a picture of one of the first rough sketch I did, beside some of the patterns my students did after our conversation.

PAJARO ESPERANZA

PAJARO COSMICO. Sketch for mural in Chicago. 2013. Gouache on paper.

At first, I wanted to write a text so that each letter could be unique but part of a whole. And also because It is easier for me to play with the structure. Playing within the body’s frame is sometimes a bit harder.

But I got really inspired by the works of my pupils. So I started to draw more, and finally found satisfaction in this piece above…which still evolved when transfered from the paper to the wall, through my hand and those of the young artists.

PARAJO ESPERANZA

PAJARO COSMICO. Spray & acrylic on wall. Chicago. 2013

What came out is named “COSMIC BIRD”. It represents, beyond my will, a sort of mutation from a state to another.  The state of mind translated to the body. The front part of the figure, on the right, is still human. you can recognize a face, but the more you go to the left, the less humanlike the body seems to be. His physical envelope tends to abstraction, or synthesis.

PARAJO ESPERANZA

PAJARO COSMICO. Spray & acrylic on wall. Chicago. 2013

A triangle for the neck, to spheres and a prisms for the chest. Three rounds for the abdomen and bottom. Two large triangles on each side sugesting wings, and some more conic shapes bound to half circle create the tail. It is now a bird. Or a flying man.

PARAJO ESPERANZA

PAJARO COSMICO. Spray & acrylic on wall. Chicago. 2013

Capture d’écran 2013-08-10 CHICAGO. Pilsen. Picture by V. Espinozaà 20.27.22

PARAJO ESPERANZA

PAJARO COSMICO. Spray & acrylic on wall. Chicago. 2013

Using simple geometric shapes allows me to bring potential movement. It invites the viewer to see thoses shapes, slide forward, or going apart  and back one to the other, fuse in again, or just rotate around their center…around another center. The colors, makes the whole picture vibrate. And Vibration is what holds together the materia. Vibration structures the physical appearance. The darkness of the background is an invitation to deepen your sight and mine… I like to imagine this being going deep into the inside of the wall, or out into the air… I hope you too.

CHICAGO. Pilsen. Detail

PAJARO COSMICO. Detail

CHICAGO. Pilsen. Detail

PAJARO COSMICO. Detail. 2013

PAJARO COSMICO. Chicago. 2013

PAJARO COSMICO. Detail. Chicago. 2013

Most patterns and symbols are inspired by the work of my students, who where inspired by mexican folk Art, islamic Art and Cymatics. But the symbols under and above the head of the being are my interpretation of the Earth and Venus, Jupiter and Saturne. I just use a mirror effect because those symbols are already the symetry of one another. And I feel it.

The whole became a sort of abstract body traveler. Surrounded (or followed/following) on its way by constellation of stars and planets, also moving somewhere.

I whish you a good journey *

CHICAGO. Pilsen. Picture by V. Espinoza

PAJARO COSMICO. work in progress. Chicago. 2013

PAJARO COSMICO. Chicago. 2013

PAJARO COSMICO. After the rain. Chicago. 2013

PAJARO COSMICO. Chicago. 2013

PAJARO COSMICO. Spray & acrylic on wall. Chicago. 6x18m.

P e a c e

Don’t forget YOU ARE THE UNIVERSE !

B l e s s *

Special thanks to Brenda, Ricardo, Gio, Kyle, the students, the Museum and the friends I met. ONE LOVE!

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