The Embassy of Mexico invites the public to the opening of the contemporary art exhibition “The Fire’s Rest” by Mexican artist Arturo Valencia, on Thursday, April 26th, at the Institute of Mexico in Belize City.

This remarkable exhibition is the result of the plastic work produced by Arturo Valencia-Ruiz for the past three years. It will tour different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean in the upcoming months and Belize was chosen as the first country for this exhibition.

Arturo Valencia’s research is centered in exploring different raw materials within the painting tradition. For him, artistic materials intervene in communicating reflections or memories to the viewer in relation with vital aspects of the human being that in this proposal are represented by wood and iron.

Through 25 pieces of conceptual art, Arturo Valencia also explores the study of time over the oxidation process of various objects that encircle people mainly wood and iron, where oxide is the oxygen that models or consumes all matter just as fire does. The public will see daily used elements that take shape or are placed in a gallery, museum or simply inside a picture, to acquire a different value from the one they had as waste material.

In summary, he states that it is possible to use outworn materials as a dialogue between the object, the observer’s look and the artist’s experience.

The public is invited to attend the exhibition’s opening on Thursday, April 26th, at 6:00 pm, at the Institute of Mexico in Belize City, corner of Newtown Barracks and Wilson Street. Entrance is free. The exhibit will remain open until May 15th, 2012.
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