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Reverso - Centro Colich (Barranco)

Written by Arion on Wednesday, November 14 2012 and posted in Blog

Reverso - Centro Colich (Barranco)
“Los colosos custodios de un rey ficticio”- Hugo Salazar
Here is a question that has vexed me of late: what really constitutes an act of creation?

I have -for a couple of years now- been acknowledged as the creator of quite entertaining tales, if I do say so myself… but I've often wondered, just how "creative" was my process. How do I assemble my little cast of characters, the situations, the emotions and all of it together? You see, since I was child I always loved to write things, it doesn’t matter if at the end they didn’t make much sense, it was fun every step of the way.

Now, to have a relationship could be compared to an act of creation. I was thinking about this after reading Constantino Carvallo’s book. Definitely, that book is forcing me to analyze myself… and as a direct result of such confrontation, I end up almost buried under a ton of philosophical sentences.

True communication and friendship can also be considered as a true act of creation. When I was still studying Literature in my university, I had an optional class that was supposed to teach me how to write. I remember my first work… my teacher said that my short story wasn’t excellent but it sure had some brilliant moments. So there I was, wondering if my short story was an act of creation that should set an example or quite the opposite. I was genuinely speechless. When someone (a student I can’t remember now) asked me who my greatest influences were, I found that hard to answer. And I mean it. Even something I hate with a passion which surpasses understanding is an influence, since I will be consciously attempting not to do that.
Reverso - Centro Colich (Barranco)
my drawing / mi dibujo

Back on track: I've said before that I don't think there are any original stories left to tell. All we can do is fiddle the trappings a bit and, one hopes, in the process create something that will at least have the illusion of being new and different.

A true act of creation should be, obviously, indubitably, unquestionably, an act in which we use all our energies in a crazy attempt communicating something that is relevant to us -it’s just like solving an existential problem- or, why not, to get to know somebody, to create an open and long lasting relationship with another human being, a human being that deep down has the same fears, uncertainties and desires as we do. Perhaps this is the most human act we are capable of... I don’t know, but finally I started to think that if instead of spending so much time reading and writing would it have been better to spend it in, say, doing something else entirely?

Ayer martes se inauguraron simultáneamente cinco muestras en el Centro Colich. Andrea Gago exhibió sus “Carpetas de dibujo”, deliciosas ilustraciones muy imaginativas hechas, algunas, con tinta china, y otras con colores pastel. Luego Giancarlo León Waller presentó “Placas”, un interesante trabajo que juega con procesos fotoquímicos, siempre desde una óptica un tanto lúgubre pero no por ello menos atrayente. Luna Moreno compartió su colección primavera-verano 2013, con prendas de muy buen corte y una presentación de lujo. El artista Gianfranco Piccone Sánchez Concha expuso “Fractales andinos”, con cuadros que se dividían en tres secciones, cada una con un estilo de pintura particular. Finalmente, tenemos a “Reverso”, sin duda, lo mejor de la noche: una selección fascinante de objetos hechos con cartón corrugado, en donde la sofisticación del diseño y el aspecto lúdico de los mismos los convierte en piezas únicas que todos desearían coleccionar. 
En esta ocasión tuve la suerte de contar con la compañía de Max (a quien pueden leer en “Palabras libres y más”). Nos entretuvimos analizando los títulos de piezas como “Estado líquido”, y dicho sea de paso, lo que no faltó fue el líquido. Además de vino tinto, los infaltables chilcanos del pisco Hijo del Sol no se hicieron esperar. Saludé a Carmen Alegre, que siempre se acuerda de Max desde nuestra visita a Lucía de la Puente en marzo, hablé brevemente con Iván Fernández Dávila y Elizabeth López Avilés, quienes me presentaron a Giancarlo León Waller. 

También saludé a Hugo Alegre, a Julio Garay, a Isabelle Decencière, a Adriana Urrutia, a José Arturo Lugón, a Lorenzo Osores y a Lothar Busse, el director del Centro Colich. Mientras conversaba con Max sobre la obra de Séneca y sus tres libros sobre la ira (que por cierto todavía no he tenido la oportunidad de leer), saludamos a Rafael Velázquez, a José Medina y a Marcos Palacios. En el transcurso de la noche conversé con Noah Alhalel, Daniel Velázquez (uno de los artífices de Reverso, y no debemos olvidar el lema de la marca: “un mundo nuevo, un mundo divertido… un mundo reverso”). Después de recorrer los cinco espacios en los que se exponían las distintas muestras, Max y yo nos quedamos conversando un rato con Marcos Palacios. Sin duda fue una noche muy entretenida, y muy memorable por diversos motivos, entre ellas la escala que realizamos Max y yo en la sección de joyería del Centro Colich. 

Aunque, claro, tampoco debemos olvidar nuestro momento estelar junto a Jesús Alzamora, conductor de polizonte, quien nos entrevistó brevemente y con un muy buen sentido del humor (a mí me preguntó qué poder tendría un súper-héroe de mi creación y yo respondí, con la mejor de las intenciones “un hígado de hierro”, y otra de sus preguntas, basándose en mi nombre, fue ¿en qué año ganó el Nobel García Márquez?, en 1982, fue mi respuesta… imposible olvidar la fecha, son dos años antes de que yo naciera). Quizás el próximo jueves, cuando se sienten a ver Polizontes, me encuentren a mí disertando sobre los hígados heroicos y a Max haciendo imprescindibles aclaraciones sobre sus similitudes con el héroe que yo debería ya haber inventado. 

Por cierto, para los que quieran ver más cuadros del genial artista Hugo Salazar los invito a visitar el siguiente link.

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