Here’s an article I wrote about a lovely Argentinian artist whose closing is this Saturday Feb 2, 2013, at Art Meets Architecture – a private art salon in DTLA. If you are interested in her work and want to meet her, read the article and RSVP as required.
From the January 2013 issue of FABRIK Magazine
When Poetry Takes Form: The Art of Inés Alonso Ares
Inés Alonso Ares is a sculptor, photographer, poet, performer, and teacher from Argentina. Her work brings together all of these elements in a unique and transfixing way to transport you to her serene world of nature, harmony and beauty. A multi-media artist, her poetry, photography, and sculpture combine in inspired presentations that offer the viewer a glimpse into her native land.
The works of this sensitive and intuitive woman begin in various ways, sometimes with the touch of a piece of wood, or the flash of a feeling she gets while communing with nature. Often, she says, words are forced to spring forth “as if from an inner fountain.” Ares writes her thoughts, not as a story, but like that flash – a photograph of a momentary inspiration. The resultant poetry attests to her affinity for capturing the essence of her subject matter.
WHO ARE YOU? INÉS ALONSO ARES. COURTESY THE ARTIST & ART MEETS ARCHITECTURE
Her time in nature, which expands her process, is often portrayed though a poetry reading and performance, sometimes alongside a photograph she has taken. This interweaving of emotion and language may later culminate in a wood, bronze, or stone sculpture, organic in shape and feeling. The emotive quality of her multi-media work has been exemplified through performances by the contemporary dancers of the Maria Fux Atelier, one of the most recognized in her country.
Her intense love of nature began as a child, when she played in the large backyard garden of her grandparent’s home. Playing alone, she began making small sculptures from apples, finding her calling and joy in the creative process. This is part of what she teaches, filling her young students with the same love and respect for Mother Earth.
Having found her muse, her greatest pleasure now as she travels throughout Europe, Mexico, Peru, and the USA is walking in the woods. Drawn to old trees, she finds inspiration amongst the forests of Amazonia, the Patagonian Forest in Argentina, Chile, and Yosemite, and will often transport wood back to her studio for future projects.
TREE-CUSTODIAN II, FROM “AMAZONIA” SERIES. INÉS ALONSO ARES. COURTESY THE ARTIST & ART MEETS ARCHITECTURE
Working in all scales, from small (to travel abroad in a suitcase!) to very large pieces destined for public parks, Ares has been teaching and creating art in Argentina for many years. Solo shows in Lyon, France, Argentina, San Francisco, and now Los Angeles have brought her unique multi-media work critical acclaim.
Some recent examples of her profound and moving work can be seen in January and February 2013 at the private art salon Art meets Architecture, directed by Lisa Ames in downtown Los Angeles.
For an invitation to meet the artist at the opening of her local show in January and hear about her extraordinary process, please contact her local agent Lisa Ames (firstname.lastname@example.org).
TREE-CUSTODIAN VII, FROM “AMAZONIA” SERIES. INÉS ALONSO ARES. COURTESY THE ARTIST & ART MEETS ARCHITECTURE