no estamos solos
Alexandro García, a Uruguayan gardener who began transcribing his ethereal visions following an avistamiento, or close encounter of the third kind, is a rare gem. His work, which reveals occasional echoes of pre-Columbian cosmology, has parallels with spiritualist art in that the artist declares himself to be merely the instrument of higher powers: “I am a channel absorbing the messages of the cosmos.”
His painstaking, highly codified compositions feature fantastical cities that appear weightless or on the verge of floating off into the infinity of space, where constellations come to dance with them in an elegant ballet. They evoke an Elsewhere offered up for our own projections, awaiting colonisation by a new form of humanity: “we are not alone.” Not since Magalí Herrera and, going back even further, the artists from the collection of the Brazilian psychiatrist Osório Cesar, has South America given us such a fascinating exploration of the meandering paths of creativity.
The Uruguayan gardener, Alexandro García, began to transcribe his ethereal visions following an encounter of the third kind - or avistamiento - that he experienced as a child. Worthy heir to magical realism, however, he goes beyond its scope: he speaks to us of an elsewhere offered to our projections and to the colonization of a new humanity through inhabited and saturated architectures. Present notably in the abcd/Bruno Decharme collection (France), his work was shown in the exhibition Elévations in 2015, co-curated by Antoine de Galbert, and tribute to the Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval, a fairy tale palace built by the postman Ferdinand Cheval in 1879.
Preface : Thiago Rocca
Foreword : Christian Berst
Catalog published to mark the exhibition Alexandro Garcia : no estamos solos, from march 12th to april 24th, 2010.