ABC CULTURAL, Carlos Delgado Butler
Myths and beliefs. The transcendent in today’s art. The Eagle Room. Madrid
Curator: Francisco Carpio
Many ancestral stories are still present in our environment. Vulgarized or readjusted, myths are also part of the media culture, essentially narrative. A validity that lies in its capacity to offer an explanation of the reality different from those of philosophy and science. The present quotation in Sala El Águila goes deeper into how the myths of the past can conform a useful structure to understand the present. The event features the work of ten contemporary artists, prefaced by an engraving by Picasso, all of whom have integrated mythological resources into their discourse, which sometimes lead to a transcendent intention. The curator, Francisco Carpio, has not sought an exhaustive cataloguing of the processes of rehabilitation of the myth, but rather to open up questions about its possibilities. The most suggestive nucleus is made up of works where the mythical narrative offers an unexpected reverse that also challenges our society: these are the works of Nadín Ospina, Javier Viver, Daniel Silva and Arturo Garrido. The canon of traditional iconography is lucidly subverted in the proposals of Carmen Gonzáles de Castro, Mar Solís and Mateo Maté. Finally, Cristibno de Vera, Ignacio Llamas and Javier Riera operate in a more abstract field, interested in transcending the codes of the earthly from the light. They are the ones who, in reality, are closest to the timeless character that sustains the survival of myths.