The exhibition From Icarus to Matías Pérez. An urban chronicle, by the renowned visual artist Jorge Martell, is being exhibited this month in the digital spaces of the Taller Experimental de Gráfica de La Habana (Experimental Graphic Workshop of Havana).
The leitmotif of this exhibition is the mythical 19th-century Portuguese tailor and cloth-maker, who settled in Havana and transcended the island's history with his second flight on 29 June 1856, when he disappeared from the face of the earth without leaving any trace.
This theme of the pioneer of Cuban aeronautics was taken up for the first time by Jorge Martell at the end of the 1960s when he held the exhibition Aeronautics in Cuba at the Pabellón Cuba, where he discovered unsuspected facets of the man who was first known as The King of the Awnings and also as a poet of deep significance.
From Icarus to Matías Pérez. An urban chronicle is an invitation from the 2018 National Book Design Award to travel back in time through the imagination.
Through this exhibition we travel through different geographical, literary, and spiritual places through a hundred pieces in which Matías Pérez travels in his balloon through time and space, becoming a spectator of the exploits of Yuri Gagarin, Neil Armstrong, and Arnaldo Tamayo; without missing out on other visual metaphors such as the one in which he flies over La Mancha in search of Don Quixote.
This work is distinguished by the technique of washing in reserve, not often used by artists due to its accentuated complexity, and which Martell appropriates with genius and creativity, creating unique works that come close to collagraphy through the use of textures on the surface.
Although almost all the works are made in the technique of wash in reserve, there are also two lithographs and some drawings in crayon.
Jorge Martell is one of the oldest members of the Taller Experimental de Gráfica de La Habana and is recognized as part of the first generation of designers who gave a more radical perspective to Cuban graphics through the revolutionary ideology.
A master in the art of proportions, Jorge Martell possesses that exclusive capacity for synthesis that ratifies his professional maturity. His work is characterized by going to the essences and searching for the unusual from something that has already been created.
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