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"Magical Realism"

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 wood carving 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.

Jorge likes to describe his work this way:

“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.”

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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    I    Illusions / Ilusiones

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.”

The Cathedral

By Jorge Yances

2014

Category: Memories of Cartagena

 

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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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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

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