- A NEW TENDENCY OF THE CONTEMPORARY ART CREATED TO ENHANCE
TRUE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION SINCE 1980.
Norey Agudelo H. de Mejia Noriam (Visual Artist).
The visual arts are challenging the continuity of history
and transforming its course. Nevertheless, we perceive in
the maximum expression of all artistic creativity the manifestations
that have historically pointed out periods of great transcendency.
This is why visual artists since the late eighteenth century
have given Home to the search for legitimate individuals who
freely express their feelings -- exclusively by allowing them
respect for their insight and thus leading them to fulfill
their objectives. Romanticism was the first cultural movement
that emerged at the end of the 18th century whichbroke with
the traditional values of their time. Previously, the Enlightenment
and Neoclassicist Movements had also as their primary objective
a protest against pure traditionalism and its questionable
rules in order to demand freedom of feelings that would conceive
of the human as a being in its environment, and therefore
for humanity to achieve its intrinsic and tangible contents.
In a unique way, this would void any type of controversy.
These last movements originated in England and Germany and
had their full development at the beginning of the 19th century,
granting essential contributions to the visual arts. These
later manifested with the emergence of the Vanguard Currents
of the twentieth century. One of those currents was Surrealism,
which succeeded by its extreme freedom of human sensibility;
it was a movement that faced the most difficult controversies,
but nevertheless, achieved the beginning of new alternatives
for future generations. It is these developments on which
I have based my own art work.
The basic historic art aspects described above brought me
in 1980 to create a new tendency in contemporary art, denominated
as The Primimodernismo. This concept is the result
of a personal investigation, conceived in a holistic and eclectic
way, to finally innovate a new trend in contemporary art,
one that unifies the core of the most important visual arts
in history from their origins into the contemporary art of
the 20th century. The Primimodernismo also pursued the restitution
of the origins of visual art, merging them with the main artistic
tendencies or visual currents that have emerged in the course
of time. These are conjugated with the pragmatism and the
hypothesis of Human Values extracted and condensed from their
origins to the present day. All its tangible and aesthetic
contents differ from other visual tendencies that are highlighted
over time. These expressions, by means of twodimensional images
and three-dimensional object, stimulate a great diversity
of feelings to those who observe them, achieving a conjugation
of work, artist, and spectator into a mysterious and infinite
Two of the Master Pieces that represent a ll of the above
aspects are The Human Values (1985) and The
(1987). Both mural size paintings (oil on canvas), explore,
in the artist's unique style, the means of being alive and
productive in a resilient environment. These master pieces
fulfill the characteristics of The Primimodernismo by the
deformation of human body and the use of figures that alternate
with different backgrounds, colors, and textures from ancient
and modern times, combined into one single scenario.
Some of the most important objectives of The Primimodernismo
To restore the fundamentals of the origin of visual art, represented
in pre-Columbian art and later primitive manifestations.
To restore the "Human Values" (Ethics and Principles),
which represent the core of society, but also being the innate
qualities adhered to by the human being in the midst of a
very complex world.
To stimulate the public in general to compensate the social
coexistence of the individual in order to achieve a true resiliency
for present and future generations.
To persuade artists and teachers to keep their interest in
the research of the visual arts, based on this transcendental
result, as it is "The Primimodernismo."
This proposal is to promote The Primimodernismo at a national
and international level, showing the transcende nce of its
invaluable content, using it as communication bridge between
past and the present. In fact, this is an Invitation to all
governmental agencies, artists, museums, galleries, cultural
entities, and artistic teachers, among others, to unify our
efforts to promulgate in a way and integrate the existence
of this new trend In the visual arts. The Primimodernismo
is also a scenario to stimulate the general public and compensate
the intrinsic values of the human being by means of this new
tendency that has been constituted as an artistic means of
communication for the society since 1980.
artwork has brought a significant new trend of painting to
the United States from South America. In a 1980 exhibition
at the Government Hall of Valle in Cali, Colombia, Ms. Agudelo
introduced a new concept called "El Primimodernismo,"
as a personal idea based both on her observation of the visionary
motifs in Pre-Colombian Indian art, and the styles of Universal
Modernism. Incorporating these principles into a theory she
describes as "Human Activation Through History,"
she presents a sympathetic view of the human effects of major
international events, such as the 9/11 tragedy. Noriam's art
elevates the spiritual sense of destiny and human drama.
In the development of her
personal style from the roots of Pre-Colombian and Modernism,
Noriam has explored aspects of these roots by painting softly
animated figures, reminiscent of the Latin American Social
Realists of the 1930ís, against the backdrop of semi-abstracted
landscapes and architectural cityscapes. In the case of her
series begun on September 11th and 12th ,
2001 -- "Flight of the Lambs", "World Wide
Panorama," and "Wake Up from the Spiritual
Life" -- a frenzy of color tells the intensity of
the story. Faces show expressions of anguish, hope, or remembrance,
set against the scene of collapsed chrome and steel upright
shards, the broken buildings of the World Trade Center. In
each painting, the blending of bright colors convey the immensity
of this unprecedented tragedy in its human scale and meaning.
The surface base
of her paintings are the soft texture of two-dimensional patterns,
which emphasizes the foreground of primitive forms.
|As a foreign artist working
in the US, Noriamís own soft personae understates her unique
and significant contribution to art. From the time of that introduction
of her theory of primitive and modernism, her reputation gained
incrementally over the decade of the 1980s: As the founder of
this trend of painting she was given the appellation, "El
PrimiModerismo" by the Colombian art community and
press, and was subsequently invited to participate in many important
exhibitions. In 1994 she was invited by the United Nations Headquarters
in New York City to exhibit her mural size oil painting "CHANGE
THROUGH PEACE," for the celebration called "Hands
Shake Around the World," attended by fifty ambassadors
from many countries.
|Looking at Noriam's paintings
over the years shows a development through several stages of
her personal artistic style. In earlier work, color usage goes
from gradations of muted colors within various tonal ranges
but evolves in later work into expressions of harmoniously contrasted
bright rhythmic values. The composition of the canvas field
evolves from topological layouts of similar figures into a deeply
inspiring and poignant telling of the story between two or three
figures -- including symbolized forms such as the white dove
In "Human Rescue," a mural painting, Norey Agudelo
uses stylized figures combined with flat color to emphasize
man as a suffering yet universal being. In a later work,"
Flight of the Lambs," her figures are charged with highly
expressive color and form, and through a triangulation in
the placement of the two figures and a dove, tell the story
at a glance.
Focus is placed at the center
of human emotion. Facial expressions are refined into three-dimensional
personalities with sensitive and subtly-expressed individualities,
each providing an evocative depth of human understanding--
primary colors, like red and yellow, for primal feeling. From
the complexity of backgrounds of flat colors depicting surreal
locations there emerges the later interpretations of textured
multi-layered dimensions: spatial realms which appear real
but seem beyond time.
"Noriam" has been
invited several times for a lecture about her artwork at Southern
Connecticut State University and nominated for the Prince
of Asturias Awards in the category of Arts 2005, which is
one of the biggest honors she has achieved for her whole career.
Past year the School of Medice at Yale University invited
her to be one of the instructors for a local program "Art
Therapy" focused in children for the community of New
Haven, that is why she recently painted the mural size painting
" The Victory of the Children". Other exhibits have
been performed lately at Stamford for the Arts in CT, Open
Studios of Greater New Haven, Art Space and future exhibits
are being planned for next year 2007. Currently "Noriams"
is writing her book titled: " El Primimodernismo, the
new tendency of the Contemporary Art".
#68 del libro.-- Page # 68 of the book
"100 Contemporary International Artists"
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