MEDOUSA · LUIS OLASO
Medousa or Medusa (in ancient Greek Μέδουσα, 'guardian', 'protector') was a female chthonic monster, which turned into stone those whom from Sigmund Freud with his article Das Medusenhaupt ('the head of Medusa') -in which he laid the foundation for a body of criticism about the monster-, passing through the feminist currents of the early twentieth century, interpretations of the myth of Medusa have been plenty. Also in art and fashion "she" has been immortalized as a symbol or representation of the feminine power and wisdom.
This exhibition has as leitmotiv the human face, as an element capable of defining the identity of being, both in its absence (in paintings) and in its presence (in the mannequins). It is intended to make a reflection on the face; the face from religious imagery to current advertising acts as a universal claim. However, in Olaso's work the bodies, mostly female, are portrayed without head and contrary to what can be initially thought, this absence does not remain dramatic or self-less to the figures, if not that makes us see that the portrait is something more intrinsic to the human interior than physical or morphological.
The installation proposal "Woman without name, dialogue" is based on the emotional anesthesia of pop art (through the use of a mannequin, impersonal stereotype par excellence and symbol of industry and consumption) to pervert it and provide it with a personal and expressive character . The installation consists of two main elements. The two-dimensional pictorial work, an oil painting of marked expressive character in which is shown a female body to which has been taken the main element that defines the identity of being: The face. On the other hand, its antagonistic and at the same time complementary element: A mannequin. In this way, we would be endowing the face (neutral and faceless) with the manikin of the identity and expressive load that artistic movements, such as the Italian transvanguardia, claimed and made present in front of cold and aseptic art.
MEDOUSA by Luis Olaso at the Mirat & Co / Mirat Projects gallery (c / Blanca de Navarra, 8. Madrid) from May 11 to July 1, 2017.