Gallery: Axel Vervoordt Gallery
Artist(s): Angel Vergara
Opening / Event Date: 18 Nov, 2023
Closing / End Date: 16 Mar, 2024
Soluna Fine Art is pleased to present Still Light, Javier León Pérez’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition will showcase Pérez’s latest oil painting series, representing the culmination of his diverse artistic expressions through the interplay of spaces, lights, and shadows. Pérez’s creative process begins with the reference of paper models, offering a contemporary reinterpretation of the traditional pictorial genre of “still life”, capturing daily common objects that provoke a philosophical contemplation about existentialism across different eras. Geometry and light, the two hallmarks of Pérez’s new series, not only serve as the pictorial structure and inherent order of the universe but also symbolize the artist’s metaphorical and aesthetic form of self-construction, known as the “archetype of creation”. Still Light will be on view at Soluna Fine Art from 25 January to 2 March 2024, with an opening reception on 25 January (Thurs) at 6 – 8 pm.
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The entire series in Still Light encompasses a vast array of perceptible and abstract gestures, and hums with the sublime intensity of life itself, a type of energy and mastery for which Pérez is known for. Although renowned for his elaborate paper works, in this exhibition, he returns to the canvas, using it as a platform for his visual experimentation. By interweaving colors, shapes, and creating the illusion of space, he generates a visual void within the chaos, suggesting the intriguing duality of art as both an individual expression and a universal pursuit. It represents his personal quest for beauty and a journey to the center of being, seeking universal truth.
“The illusion of space and light in my paintings represents the bridge between perception and intuition. It is in this interplay of spaces, shadows, and lights that the very essence of reality is hidden, serving as a reminder that our perception is merely a fragment of the vast cosmic tapestry.”
Javier León Pérez
Pérez’s statement describes the paintings as gateways to his deepest self, where the complexities of existence unfold through the interplay of lights and shadows from the deepest corners of the mind. The geometric illusion of the porthole, a technique frequently employed in his sculptures and paintings, signifies a psychological space that draws viewers into its disorienting ambiance, urging them to immerse themselves in the artwork and reflect on the body’s instability vis-à-vis its environment.
Still Light will transport viewers into a world of visually poetic and evocative narratives, prompting them to ponder the creation and disruption of elements, and by extension challenge their sense of bodily autonomy and perception of reality. This encapsulates a state of in-betweenness and the universal exploration of human existence.
About Javier León Pérez
Javier León Pérez (b. 1977 in Seville, Spain) specialized in painting, ceramics, and bronze sculpture before completing his MFA at the Complutense University of Madrid. His artistic approach is inspired by Buddhist philosophy and Zen principles, which led him to contemplate the ephemeral nature of existence. He expresses his ideas through painting, sculpture, and installations, exploring the delicate balance between structure and fluidity, individuality and unity. Pérez’s pictorial works, created through a repetitive process, evoke the concept of matter composed of indivisible particles forming a whole. The creation of these works is a daily personal ritual, akin to a sacred formula that requires intense physical and mental concentration. Another significant aspect of Pérez’s work is his use of ‘washi’, a Japanese paper with a translucent texture. Through folding and cutting this paper, Pérez creates precise arrangements, reminiscent of the intrinsic structures found in nature. Javier León Pérez is the recipient of numerous awards in Spain, and his work on Japanese paper was recognized in the Paper Biennial of Contemporary Art at the Museum Rijswijk in the Netherlands, the Biennale of Contemporary Art Lalin in Spain, and the International Paper Arte Biennial of Shanghai in 2021. Javier has held multiple exhibitions across Europe, with his first solo show in Hong Kong in 2015. He has participated in international art fairs, and his works have been acquired by important collections, including La Caixa Foundation, Galila`s POC Foundation, Boghossian Foundation, Fengxian Museum, and more.
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About Soluna Fine Art
Soluna Fine Art is a gallery specializing in Asian fine art and objects with deep roots in South Korea. Our mission is to revitalize interest in Eastern aesthetics and philosophy by showcasing established and emerging artists and works of traditional value with contemporary interpretation. Works by artists represented by Soluna Fine Art can be found in private collections and institutions around the world. As well as exhibitions, our annual programme includes fairs, educational initiatives and multi-disciplinary collaborations on an international level.