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Jorge Yances

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"Magical Realism"

My paintings are like poems. Each work invites the viewer to make up his or her own story and allows them to see beyond the obvious into a world of endless possibilities.

Award winning artist Jorge A. Yances was born in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, and educated in the United States. He was labeled a creative prodigy by art aficionados at a very early age. During his teenage years he fine-tuned his creative expression using a variety of techniques and finishes.

 

Yances studied under several well-known Nashville artists during the early years of his career. During that time he expanded his artistic repertoire to include woodcarving and Plexiglas etchings.

 

In 1974, Yances was given the medal of bronze by the Grumbacher Company, and around the same time he became the artist in residence at the Cruciana & Rosler Gallery in Orlando, Florida. Since then, Yances work has been on display and in demand throughout the United States, South America and Asia.

 

Yances has the unique ability to blend physical reality with what some people call fantasy, and the result is a vision of worlds that runs parallel to this one. These worlds meet in different settings in his meticulous work.

 

The marriage of mind over matter gives the viewer the opportunity to sense and feel more than one reality as they intermingle and come to life on the canvas. That ability has earned Yances a premier position in the Magical Realism Movement. Jorge has the uncanny ability to immerse objective thought into his unique subjective world. In that world the walls of one reality blend into the framework of other universes.

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Artist Statement

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Jorge A. Yances’ work is a fusion of reality and fantasy and these two essential elements allow him to be placed in the Magic Realism movement. One can see in Yances’ art beyond the tangible world and as spectators he take us into one fantastic place that walks hand in hand with reality and conveys the whole essence of life. Each of his pieces transports the viewer to a magic world; and it is during this trip that one gets convinced that life is only an enchanting line between facts and visions and that anyone can transcend its boundaries.

Cartagena Memories

The Architecture

Welcome to the remembered world of Jorge Yances- described in Nashville Arts Magazine  as the imperceptible interplay between past & present, reality and fantasy; a powerful visual mirroring of the Latin literary tradition of Realismo Mágico.

 

Discovering more than mere nostalgia for the artist’s native city (Cartegena, Colombia), the viewer catches glimpses of the narrative, a silent procession of centuries-old stories and people embedded into the architecture, seemingly undetected by modern Cartegena characters. The effect is playful and tender, and disturbing.  “This is more than paint on a canvas,” Yances says. “It is the visual urging to detect the power of the stories that surround us.”

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The Walls

Then, just as the viewer embraces Yances’ altered sense of place, the artist again startles the senses. Like the film director whose expansive camera work slowly moves the audience closer and closer to capture subtleties, Yances moves the viewer into direct encounters with the complexity of the walls.

 

While the ghostly images of people remain scattered, these vibrant and textured walls reveal multiple layers of reality – washings of paint, one over the other, combined in an abstract weather-hardened collection of angry graffiti, postings melted by time into the surface or ripped away, and always, the draped and curled or hanging wires, symbolizing the reality of modern life and the efforts of neighbors to tap into the electricity of others.  Anchored at one end, they hang sadly or flail wildly in the wind. Then, as the explosion of colors and textures and pleasure in abstraction woos the senses, Yances changes the narrative again, forcing the viewer inside the structure itself.

 

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Inside the Structure

Inside, the walls, the windows, even the hanging wires appear as “old friends” on this visual narrative. But the echoes of the past emerge as a whole or hang in midair as if caught between the wall of the past and the reality of the room. Always presented in the form of a woman, the viewer encounters the beauty, power, sensuality, and suffering embedded in the rooms, the walls, and massive structures of Cartagena.  Each artistic step in the journey changes and expands the narrative, and by moving deeper and deeper into the collective consciousness of the city, the viewer brings a very personal translation to the narrative.

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Illusions / Ilusiones

 

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· Museo Naval del Caribe, Cartagena Colombia

· The Expatriate Archive at Mohsenin Galleries, Nashville Tennessee

· Latin American Cultural Festival in  Macau, China. Invited by the Macau Association for the Promotion

  of Exchange between Asia-Pacific and Latin America - MAPEAL.

· Private showing , Manuel Studio, Nashville , Tennessee

· Emporium Art  Gallery, Knoxville, Tennessee

· Knoxville Museum, Knoxville Tennessee

· DRT Galeria. Querétaro,  México.

· Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

· Fisk University, Carl Van Vechten Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee,

· Motlow State Community College, Tullahoma, Tennessee,

· EOFF Hall Art Gallery.

· Emporium Art Gallery, Knoxville, Tennessee.

· The Parthenon Museum, Nashville Tennessee, West Gallery.

· Cartagena Historic Museum, Cartagena, Colombia S.A

· Agape Callery, Los Angeles , California.

· Cartagena Historic Museum, Cartagena, Colombia S.A.

· Cheekwood Botanical Garden, Nashville Tennessee.

· Colombian Consulate Art Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia.

· Cannery, Nashville,Tennessee.

· Metro Arts Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee.

· Palette Gallery, Nashville Tennessee.

· Cheekwood Botanical Garden, Nashville, Tennessee.

· Hilton Gallery, Cartagena, Colombia S. A.

· Pallete Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee.

· Fire Hall Art Gallery, Franklin, Tennessee.

· JB ART Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.

· Personal Preference Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.

· Jameson Gallery, Benton Harbor, Michigan.

· JB Art Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.

· The Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas Nevada.

· JB ART Gallery, Ontario, California.

· Art Find Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

· Jameson Gallery, Benton Harbor, Michigan.

· Personal Preference Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.

· JB ART Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.

· JB ART Gallery, Washington, DC

Magic Realism

FROM LITERATURE TO VISUAL ARTS:  JORGE A. YANCES, A GENUINE REPRESENTATIVE OF “MAGIC REALISM”

By: Ana Isabel Rueda-Garcia, Ph. D.

 

The internal transformation that one experiences when laying eyes for the first time on the work of artist Jorge A. Yances is the same that literature enthusiasts feel when they read those writers belonging to the literary movement known as “Magical Realism” such as Gabriel García Márquez, Jorge Luis Borges, and Isabel Allende among others.

 

Even though, “Magic Realism” is known today more in reference to literature than in visual arts, the term was initially used by a sur-realistic school of German artist around the early 1920’s. It was not until the end of the mid 1940’s that the expression was introduced as a literary movement in Latin America.

 

The definition of “Magic Realism” is apparent in the works created by Jorge A. Yances.  In the majority of his art one can find each one of the elements that literary critics indicate are essential to the definition of the term; the combination of reality and fantasy, the transformation of a real vision into an unreal one, and the deformation of the time and space.

 

Reality and fantasy represent the game that Yances plays on canvas in his collections entitled ‘Illusions’ and ‘Cartagena Memories’. The juxtaposition of scenes extremely real from the streets of such a majestic Colombian city and the fantastic images emerging on the walls of houses that witnessed historical events and that are still standing and telling a story is a clear example of the use of the first element necessary to understand the essence of “Magic Realism”. This experience exists each time one encounters a Yances painting.  It feels like in a blink of an eye one walks along the natural spaces while absorbing the situations hidden in between colors and textures to present a collective story captured in time and space.

 

The transformation of real visions into unreal ones is like inwardly exploring a dream of reality; even though what we really want is to make the dream the reality.   The final result is a transmigration of the soul in which the objective reality is the opposite of what we believe and desire.  This is the experience one has when viewing Yances’ work.

 

There is also a preoccupation with issues relevant to time and space, persistent in the ‘Illusions’ and ‘Cartagena Memories’ collections.  It seems there is a desire to change time and space to promote the destruction of reality, in a trip without time and space without boundaries to allow movement in the infinite.  Yances does not project boundaries, on either space or time, thus, reflecting another element of “Magic Realism”, the transformation of time and space.

 

To observe any and all of Jorge Yances’ works of art is to transport the viewers in time and space into a world created within an imaginary reality and to try to unravel it, but most of all, it is to discover the mysterious nature of things and the story painted by all and everyone during this vacation trip through life.

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