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Hugo Robledo
11.14.20 – 02.06.21


The starting point of this series is a historical review of modernity in Latin America to point out the convergences between aesthetics and ideology. Specifically, it is a quest about the Modern Movement in architecture and the context of authoritarian regimes that affected the region during the Cold War. The paintings evoke the modern architectural forms that express an intense aesthetic search and simultaneously embody an ideological and political device.

The pictorial space becomes a playing field between logic and fantasy. The search for a rational compositional construction coexists with a chromatic seduction and features of spatial anomalies. An ambiguous visual language appears, verging between abstraction and representation. Painting offers surface possibilities in which traces of manual imperfection and coldness of industrial finishes are together shown.

Imagining the future is one of the operations that architecture performs. Societies and governments of Modernity projected their desires for progress through the architectural space. The luster of optimism has aged at the same time as the surface of concrete. Its cleavages reveal a halted project that in our present time appears as a distant dream.