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Juan Henríquez


The space where Juan Henriquez draws lines and colors is not closed. Cut or open, the strokes give the impression of separation impossible inside-outside edges framed attempt to include a detail of the outside or separate from a figure of an insider. The space becomes something indefinable and elusive, letting the tension between pictorial space and the need to reference or meaning.

There is something unyielding in his personal process. Search the game of materials, colors and spots, free access to meet with some motivating the emergence of space intervened. The figure that emerges expected to outline and give existence since the spot or line. Rising first to drift to find the gesture and the desire of the artist, traces reveal conscious and appeared in the projection images of the game. It reveals, in his strokes, the attempt at dialogue between chance and conscience, imagination and balance disorder linear abstraction and figuration. In some of the works, an allusion or reference guides the way: the Christ of Corcovado and catching a man who flies covered, leaves or feathers or scales, a thread tied to a finger or a line, a man burdened with the patch, clouds, rain and little men on the roof of a house. There are all of them, the freedom of the air or flight and a tie to consciousness.

Revealing chance and conscience, weight and lightness, imaginary play and reference, a sinuous line separates and links two areas of representation. This union of what is proper to separate symbol. The reading can then move toward the symbolic and complementary balance between the pursuit of artistic play and that other thing which espectraliza any patch or line with fragments of reality evoked elliptical. Every symbol points its own court, its missing piece, it must rebuild the reader or viewer. Whatever happens in the preception is based on playing the artist: enjoy free search and find the figure to build their own reference or reading.

Victor Fuenmayor International Association of Art Critic Member June 2005

Rapture of the enjoyment in the look.

With the main title and with each of his works, the artist Juan Henríquez guides us to look at two determinations of creation: solitude and enjoyment. Within the artistic game that brings together creator and spectator, enjoyment introduces the ancient Greek term of aesthesis as a pleasant connector dynamism that gathers the process of emission and reception of the work.

I can translate Greek aesthesis to what contemporary French semiologist Roland Barthes calls “punctum” associating it with a touch that comes to the reader through the signifiers, since it is a fragment of the work that leaves its space towards the viewer to touch or hurt their sensitivity.

This time I am not the one who is going to look for him (...), it is him who comes out of the scene like an arrow and comes to punish me. The punctum (...) is that chance in which it touch me (but that also hurts me, punctures me).

(BARTHES, Roland, 1990, The Lucid Camera, p 64-65).

When I speak of the game I mean the elaboration of the significant form that implies all poetic and artistic action in working with the materiality of languages: lines, colors, energy of the stroke. In this imaginary zone of the pictorial materiality that touches the creator and the spectator, we can highlight a point of union or enjoyment, not obvious, in the works of Juan Henríquez that interweaves between the body, images and signs that we will call “Punctum” of pictorial anagramism - as a game of significant fusion of diverse languages ​​- which can mislead at the beginning, before the reader understands the rules of the game by the author who consciously or unconsciously, establishes connections between the body of enjoyment and visual forms and Literals involving bridges between the linguistic imaginary of letters and pictorial images.

Every joyous act contains its shadow and as you can see by the use of black color (contrasting with celestial, blue, gray, white, red), in the agitations of pictorial gesture to tell us something of that juncture of purity and impurity, sublimation and perversion, which can accommodate the aesthetic space of enjoyment. In those everyday subjects where the artist does not abandon the aesthetic symbolization or forget the more obscure or hidden acts of corporeity, the reader has to release his imagination until he can feel the joy of this diversity of materials, pictorial techniques and that body path of erotic figuration.

A simple illustration of what unites the pictorial signifier of figuration to a desired object and to a desiring body can be seen in The Table whose abstraction leads it to seek meaning in a hybrid figure: drawing a green angle with thick strokes (Table of enjoyment?) and an oval and white shape with a thick point similar to a nipple (oral libido projected to an object?) Green linear corner (maybe the signifier VERde warns us of something cornered of the not evident sense that must To see in the linguistic signifier that names color, since it occurs in the forbidden view of enjoyment that that white oval that ends at a point is the term of a breast.

Víctor Fuenmayor Ruiz

International Association of Art Critic Member

August 2016.

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