Some people say, “don’t mix art with politics and religions if you want popularity,” but that’s nonsense. Art was always used and nurtured for and by the authorities, aka patrons. Without the support and recognition, artworks do not establish their fame by itself. Alas, it is relatively recent in history that artists can benefit from good reception by expressing their policies or preferences freely.
Today, for this very evocative quality, contemporary art is celebrated with the idea of freedom of expression. Indeed, I appreciate this fortunate era of liberty and the internet to find and support such an artist from Argentina. Lazaro Hurtado’s paintings are mind-opening and cathartic to the ones who understand. The artwork and its title, they work together as a riddle and the answer. With his surrealistic imagination and artistic realization skills, a simple matière of acrylic and cardboard is more than sufficient to relate to us.
“The creative act is not formed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.” – Marcel Duchamp
Sarcasm is a way to express oneself, usually in words but also in an art form, with dry humor and a twist of reality. My South American friends, who are masters of sarcasm, told me, “we’ve practiced enough, thanks to the corrupted society so that we can get by a day with some laughs.” Lazaro Hurtado’s humanistic and philosophical paintings are dense and have a punch, like a good martini. People say, “the pen is mightier than the sword,” then I have to add; the art is mightier than the words. Hurtado articulates yet embraces the chaotic and self-destructive nature of humanity.
“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.” – Socrates
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