"Obsesión," o/c, 47 x 42 1/4"

 ESAU ANDRADE

by Margarita Nieto


"Corazon Roto," o/c, 48 x 35 1/2"

(Chac-Mool Gallery, West Hollywood) The immediately striking thing about this work is its obsession with the history of art. But Esau Andrade goes beyond contemporary games with iconography. What he is doing is studying and exploring light and space. But not in the tedius cliché of the abstract and geometric which is too often alluded to, that is, relegating the objects drawn from the real into a secondary function which allows cubes and triangles of light and space to emerge. No. Instead, Andrade utilizes the real object within the workshoes, letters, words, clothing, entire landscapes of angel/humans Through a palette filtered from the yellowish-golden cast of an Old Master canvas and utilizing a flat, polished surface reminiscent of the tempera of another time, he creates internal levels within the canvas that lead the spectator on a journey of exploration. And that leads into his second quest. For these objects now become narrative discursive elements of experience and memory.

Now this journey into the personal memories and anecdotes of the painter become ours. The lower half of the body of a boy-child floating above a toy boat probes the wellsprings of memory for the viewer. It is not only experience, it is a reference to photographs, to fables, to stories and events barely recalled. A letter appearing and disappearing on the canvas returns us to lost treasures hidden in drawers. In Obsesión the two elements of this show come together. In Velazquez's world, the faces of the participants appear anew as one and the same. Are our own faces perhaps the same as theirs? Are we them? Are they us?


"Que Llueva Que Llueva,"
o/c, 29 1/2 x 46 1/2"


"Recuerdo," o/c, 30 x 24"