Guillermo Alvarez-Charvel: Anatomies

OL019992 Guillermo Alvarez Charvel: Anatomies
“The body can be compared to a work of art.”
Maurice Merleau-Ponty

Guillermo Álvarez Charvel uses a simple folding of a sheet of paper as a fundamental creative act for the composition of objects from books and documents of encyclopedic knowledge inherited from scientific rationalism and positivism which surfaced during modernity. He composes a work by a process of transfiguration that changes the form of perception, from the two-dimensional flat format of a publication on paper, to a new form with volume. The drawing gives the invisible visible existence, reveals a world resting on experience – in this case, the experience of the perceptible body in the senses through the sensations.

The body is one only; it lives and works as a set of interconnected systems. Through scientific studies and its analytical methodologies, the images of the body that have reached us through anatomical education are fragmented and abstract, disconnected from the full body. Science has resorted to studying the human body from its separation, and to understand its structure and operation separately. Such fragmentation in their study has led to a partial and disconnected perception of the human body, opposite to the holistic way in which we live.

OL019821 Guillermo Alvarez Charvel: Anatomies

OL010020 Guillermo Alvarez Charvel: Anatomies

Thus, Guillermo uses this contradiction implicit in the diagram and the schema to compare, for example: the sections of the human body with or without skin or the complementary anatomical parts that demonstrate the strength and flexibility of the muscles and bones. Also, he displays the ways of measuring the proportions of the body and the relationship between its parts. Through a process of research on the content of the images, he carries out an analogy which translates into the continuity of the lines and forms beyond a fold that works as a conceptual boundary between one anatomical sort and the other: insides contrasting with closed skin, sagittal cuts overlapping front cuts, bones and muscles, which are opposed to the skin and compete for the same space. The work invites the viewer to surprise himself/herself with the forces and conditions of the fragmentary portrait of the body and to participate with their own body, open to the aesthetic experience.

-Alejandro Sordo-Guzmán

The exhibition takes place at Galería Libertad in Querétato, Mexico from June 14 to July 15 2012.

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