Álvaro Oyarzún "Drawings"

Organization Galerie Catherine Putman
Hours Tuesday - Saturday: 02:00pm - 07:00pm


Opening starts at January 29,2011 02:00pm
Opening ends at January 29,2011 08:00pm
Address 40 rue Quincampoix, Paris, France
Phone 0033145552306
Website http://www.catherineputman.com
Start January 29, 2011
End March 19, 2011
Closed Sunday - Monday

  • The Catherine Putman gallery presents Álvaro Oyarzún’s first solo show in France for 15 years. Some of his works were recently shown in the collective exhibition « extracto », dedicated to contemporary drawings of south american artists (March-May 2010).



  • Chilean but Francophile, Álvaro Oyarzún is a self-taught artist. He was born in 1960 in Santiago de Chile, where he lives and works. He participated in numerous collective and solo shows in galleries, museums, biennials (Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton in Paris ; MUSAC in León, Spain ; Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brasil ; Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation in Miami ; Kunsthalle, Berlin…).


  • Álvaro Oyarzún constantly produces endless series of drawings made with rotring on papers of every shape, size and color, then assembled with no fear of narrative excess. Those hundreds of stories are put together with no apparent order and the thematic relationships between works are sometimes obvious, and at other times cryptic. At a distance one could think of an abstract and cloudy landscape.


  • One really need to get closer and to look at the details to understand the way Álvaro Oyarzún explores the arbitrary and ruptured nature of our own existence. Dismembered and mutilated bodies with serene and impassive faces though are drifting in imaginary spaces ; lovers are looking at each other smiling, regardless of the fact that their heads are cut off - this story is entitled « Love at first sight ».  


  • Álvaro Oyarzún reinterprets and analyses the aesthetic of the world surrounding him using the anachronism as well as a sharp sense of irony ; he creates parallels between the crisis of art and an artist’s personal breakdown. The chilean artist considers caricature and self-mockery as analysis tools to question the artist’s character, helplessly facing the contemporary art world contradictions. Books and critical essays by art historians are drifting among the bodies to remind us of the crisis which the artist’s character is going through, for he is exposed to time and variability.


  • Some of Alvaro Oyarzun’s large drawings on tracing paper will be shown at « Tous cannibales ? Je te mange, tu me manges », an exhibition standing at La Maison Rouge in Paris from February 10th to May 15th 2011, then at Me Collectors Room Berlin from May 28th to September 18th 2011.


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