January 31 - May 15, 2020
Jorge Purón (b. 1969, Piedras Negras, Mexico) is a self-informed painter who lives and works in San Antonio, Texas. His art is influenced by a life lived on both sides of the US-Mexico border. With over 100 national and international solo and group exhibitions, his work has been shown at the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art in Dallas, Texas; Museo Alameda in San Antonio, Texas; Brownsville Museum of Fine Art in Brownsville, Texas; El Paso Museum of Art in El Paso, Texas; Museo Reyes Meza in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico; Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, among others. In 2002, he co-founded Jardin del Arte a project to promote artists in San Miguel de Allende, and in 2010, he was appointed Advisor to the Municipal Council of Culture in the border city of Piedras Negras, Mexico. In 2013, Purón received the Erick Schaudies Memorial Award at K Space Contemporary in Corpus Christi, Texas, the top prize for Third Coast National juried exhibition. A consistent collaborator with other US-Mexico border artists, his work was currently featured in documented exhibits: Un Provincial & Borderwave in 2016 and Practical Acts of Perception in 2017. His work is part of private and corporate collections in North America and Europe. He has also worked in cinema as an Art Director and Set Designer for independent short and full-length films. Most recently, his work was selected for the juried
Biennial: Origins in Geometric Art, (2017)
My work is founded upon hard-edged forms and covers both abstract and figurative execution. While the abstractions are deeply informed by the natural landscape, the figurative work’s basis is experience and nostalgia. In abstraction I explore the concept of spatial relationships, and how they are affected by the application of line and color while denying the viewer of clear symbolic references. The hard edge figuration has a direct objective of narrating a story. My work confronts perception by subjecting form, and the practice by which it is painted, to severe limitations. The resulting reductive images, both suggest and resist the need for detail. The effect is blunt and aesthetically confrontational. It negates conventions about form and art-historical references while hinting to a system of order hovering just beyond perception. A system loaded with metaphoric content that captures the essence of place, time and emotion.
Opening: January 31, 2020 | 6–9 pm
106 Auditorium Circle
San Antonio, 78204 TX