When we put thoughts together and form a vision in a different level, we begin to structure a language. With his work, Marco Antonio Jimenez Iriarte blends in with a speech of memory, where he splits up life experiences and gives birth to components visually present in our conscious.
The brain function of the memory allows our organism to encode, store and recover any information from the past, a set of events grasped and desired; however, how is this plane formed? Which is the materializing process? Jimenez comes to this level in a pictorial way, where he gives it a form and creates structural compositions. People are present, a research about the classics like Velázquez, letters from the Arabic alphabet that are pure and disrupted, dripping painting, comics, childish images and finally the significant presence of women: the image of her anonymous and proportioned face that comes out of the abstraction and the variety of the multicolor planes, are all but characters meant to give an expression to the feminine beauty.
The Latin-American syncretic culture is filled with many different influences, where religion determines behavior and family values; where the inner esthetic of homes are part of a heap of visual fantasies and the streets are a thin line of permanent information. It’s a reissued story, with visual languages rising up and taking us back to the meaning of unification. These are not but an assembly and an expression of the esthetic mixtures called by some specialists the ‘Latin-American urban neo-Baroque,’ a trend that belongs to an artist group and in which Jiménez stands out for his work.
The need to take away pain, old age and fear to transform it into a meeting point is one of the premises predominant in his paintings on canvas and paper, where letters, words and paint are torn apart over a canvass piece full of graphic details. Jimenez faces his memories and childhood revivals, turning into a ludic self, with the need to unlearn what he already knows and shaping a world of numerous reading lines. As it can be clearly observed in his project, these fragments unify the visual language by settling universal benchmarks, with the idea of keeping the beauty as a premise to deny the passage of life as a finite tour, a time determined by the maturity stages.
Curator Gabriel Guevara Jurado