Artifex Studio From Mexico: Those Varnishing Days: Egg Tempera Paintings from Mexico

Those Varnishing Days — Artifex Studio from Mexico
Rebeca Martínez, Alejandro Barrera, Alicia Amador, Marta Hernández , Oscar Ojeda, Sergio Balderas

The Blue Mountain Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of Artifex Studio (Mexico), presenting egg tempera works of six Mexican artists: Alicia Amador, Sergio Balderas, Alejandra Barrera, Marta Hernández, Rebeca Martínez and Oscar Ojeda.

The exhibition dates are July 7th – July 25th. Please join us on Thursday, July 9th from 5 – 8 p.m. for a reception during which the public is invited to share the intimate moment of bringing to an end the process of making a piece of art. Artifex Studio resumes the tradition of putting the last coat of varnish on the painting and at the reception it celebrates the fiesta that centers on finalizing the work and presenting it before the diverse perspectives of society.

The interest in an old technique such as egg tempera is the pathway that Artifex Studio has chosen. Since seven years ago Oscar Ojeda, the director, has included with the making of art other artistic activities such as dance, drama, performance and music. The artists of the studio take advantage of the many expressive possibilities of egg tempera and use the varied approaches to relate their personal thinking about the surrounding world of a conflictive big city.

Rebeca Martínez makes the proposition of taking off our masks, changing the dance, leaving the carnival behind for a moment, and just being ourselves with ourselves, for our own good. Alejandra Barrera believes that crowds, lack of intimacy, and anonymity make it necessary to set out on an individual quest as a challenge to not simply blend into this impersonal world. Alicia Amador considers that we need to make a vital effort to stop the impulse towards repetition and try to make a substantial change. Marta Hernández raises the question that since an embrace needs no words, we need to empty the drawer of embraces, a symbol for many words that we may not be able to express.Oscar Ojeda deals especially with faith, which encompasses the implicit notion of hope, while Sergio Balderasfocuses on the necessity to confront the distressing panorama around us.