Pentimento

Blas Isasi
01/01/2012 - 01/02/2012

 

Individual exhibition – Blas Isasi

January – February 2012

Pentiment is an expression of italian origin that means “repentment” and that in the lexicon of art denotes a technical alteration applied by an artist to correct elements in the composition of a painting. The value of a pentiment resides in revealing the artist’s working methodology while exposing previous versions of a final work of art.

In his first solo exhibition, Blas Isasi recovers the figure of the pentiment as a deliberate exercise. In contrast to a traditional pentiment, however, in which the corrective trace remains hidden, in Isasi’s paintings the exercise of alteration and repentment is not only evident but conforms the exhibition’s central theme.

Incongruent scenes of desolate landscapes –based on the artist’s personal experiences of travels through Mongolia, Kazajstan, Uzbekistan and Siberia– have been painted over by suggestive portraits of local personalities and that are at the same time crowned by delicate sihouettes that make reference to urban landscapes.

The superimposition of images is a recurrent technique in the work of Isasi. Sordid scenes of explicit sex, corpses after autopsies, portraits of prostitutes and vedettes all appear side by side with clippings of advertising images, prehispanic artifacts, political protests, and notable figures. His work revolves around an exploration of gender identity and plagued by an obsessive iconography that reproduces the cult of the body and the over exposure of flesh ever present in contemporary society.

 

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Blas Isasi [Lima, 1985] earned a degree in painting from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in 2005. Since then, he has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Wu Galería. Isasi received the 3rd prize at the Concurso de Pintura Sérvulo Gutiérrez [2009] and was finalist of the II Concurso de Pintura del Banco Central de Reserva del Perú [2010].