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    Después de que el mundo perdiera su forma - Alejandra Gálvez

    I have read the Legion of Super-Heroes practically in its whole myriad of reincarnations. Carlos Pacheco, way back when he lived in Spain said that the Legion was somehow visceral: people either loved it or hated it. Well, I loved it since the very beginning, or since the first issues I ever read. 

    Paul Levitz was the writer then and I was lucky enough to get in the middle of a crossover of Crisis on Infinite Earths (a very memorable episode where Brainiac 5 mourns for Supergirl). Yes, it's cheesy, naive and by today's standards simply childish, but there's something I love about it. The flashy costumes, having so many superheroes with the suffix 'Boy', 'Girl', 'Lad' or 'Lass' added to might prefixes like Ultra, Phantom, Lightening and Shadow. 

    Of course my favorite run was written by Abnett and Lanning, what can I say? I started with The Legion # 22, and after a few months I had the entire run, and I kept buying the new issues until the end. 

    Like I said, my first Legion of Super-Heroes was Levitz’s old eighties stuff, and I loved the idea of the Legion so much that I hated when the publication was interrupted in Spain (right before the 1989 new numbering). But I don’t let nostalgia cloud my judgment. Those issues represent good memories, sure. Nevertheless, you should know that there is a vast distance separating nostalgia from memories. Memories are good or bad, and that’s it. They hurt us or please us, nothing else. And I believe that we always try to cope with our best memories –a task often very difficult–. To remember is something that always depends on our will. Something that is much more linked to the will –will dressed of evocation– that we use to think. Once again: memories are good or bad, a bit in the middle, if you wish. The writer can make of them whatever he wants when he creates his masterpiece. The nostalgia, on the contrary, contains the wondrous ability of being totally free from our will. It is easy, very easy, it is simply a matter of efficient or inefficient memory to remember. It is impossible in contrast to ‘nostalgiate’. Because of the simple reason that there is nothing more independent from our memory than our own nostalgia. And The Legion of Super-Heroes sure makes me feel nostalgic.


    Después de que el mundo perdiera su forma - Alejandra Gálvez
    Alejandra Gálvez
    Durante medio mes, mis ocupaciones me han impedido asistir a las galerías de arte que con tanta frecuencia visito. No obstante, este jueves hice lo posible para estar en el Centro Colich, y aunque apenas pude quedarme una hora, la visita valió la pena.

    Apenas llegué a la antigua casona barranquina, me encontré con Renzo Núñez Melgar Vega y conversé con él brevemente. "Como es arriba es abajo" era la muestra de Abracadabra Eco Diseño Chic, para esta ocasión Renzo, también conocido como REVE, había intervenido artísticamente dos veladores antiguos. Pude observar los muebles que habían sido transformados por el pincel y el acrílico de mi amigo, y quedé impresionado. En setiembre, Abracadabra Eco Diseño Chic lanzará una nueva línea de quince lámparas, íntegramente inteREVEnidas por mi amigo. Habrá que estar atentos al evento de lanzamiento, que sin duda dará mucho de qué hablar.
    Después de que el mundo perdiera su forma - Alejandra Gálvez
    my drawing: from pencils to inks /
    mi dibujo: del lápiz a la tinta

    Al mismo tiempo, se llevó a cabo la inauguración de la muestra “Tiempos oscuros” de Ángel Loayza, pero sin duda mi favorita fue “Después de que el mundo perdiera su forma” de Alejandra Gálvez

    Ya había visto su interesantísima instalación en la muestra anual de artistas jóvenes y recién egresados de la PUCP, pero en esta ocasión he quedado maravillado con sus ilustraciones lúgubres y sombrías, quizás inspiradas en obras de maestros como HR Giger, que exploran lo alienígeno, lo monstruoso, lo inhumano, a partir de una textura y un enfoque únicos. Se trata, realmente, de un trabajo de primer nivel.
    Ahora que ya ha pasado la mitad del año, hago un recuento rápido de las muestras de arte que he podido ver, y compruebo gratamente el alto nivel de calidad y creatividad desplegado por los artistas de Lima. 

    Los dejo con las tarjetas de invitación y los catálogos. Y, desde luego, para no perder la costumbre, un dibujo mío en dos partes (versión preliminar a lápiz y versión entintada). 

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