Solo exhibition of Eric Aman, curated by Conchi Alvarez
This is the third individual exhibition that Eric Aman has presented with STOA, and the first in which all his work displayed is purely pictorial. The first exhibition of his work “The Power of Plasticity”, was made up of both sculptures and paintings, and the second, “Iconography”, was simply a solo exhibition of bronze sculptures.
Within this “Anthropomorphics” exhibit, we have on display 17 watercolours and 3 drawings in pencil. All of the artworks are all of small sizes and have been conceived by the artist as part of his preparatory work (studies, sketches and outlines) for sculpting. They have created with such a high level of quality, that they deserve, without a doubt, to be exhibited in order to appreciate them in all their glory.
The title is very representative of these portraits drawn up from Eric’s extraordinary imagination. They are exactly how you see them: humanoid figures with anthropomorphic qualities, coexisting between the human world and the realms of fauna, extra-terrestrial and galactic planets. Predominantly, you will see individual figures, but there are also beings with two heads or two faces.
The driving force behind this gallery of strange, attractive and suggestive beings, is the saga of “Iconology” that has already been exhibited. Some years ago, Eric decided to reinterpret the descriptions and advice that Cesare Ripa wrote at the end of the 16th Century in his homonymous book, “Iconology”, an authentic manual for the representation of the plasticity of allegories. The art of personifying concepts, values, ideas, virtues and vices etc, is difficult and arduous, but has been a challenge that Eric has overcome with great success. On top of the inspiration taken from Ripa’s book, Eric, using his own imagination, has actually managed to add elements of classical mythology, film mythology, and even the world of video games to his work.
The titles of each piece, and the annotations that some of them have, demonstrate the creative power and originality of this artist. The fast, but precise, execution of each drawing, shows off the impressive academic training that this Algerian born, Frenchman has. His studies started in France with French Classicism, and continued in Italy, where he worked and lived for 17 years. He later finished his training in Spain, where he currently lives. He is a master in drawing and sketching forms with clean lines, strokes and clean colours.
Although created for preparatory work of his sculptural process, these small, but great pieces of art, have undoubtedly achieved enough appreciation to be rewarded their own exhibition.