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Exploring the NeoCrotalic Mexican Art of Javier Lopez Pastrana at Galeria Jose Maria Velasco (2008)

Updated: Jan 5

From Eclectic Art to NeoCrotalic

Promotional poster for Javier López Pastrana's eclectic art exhibition titled 'Del Arte Ecléctico al Neocrotálico' at Galería José María Velasco, featuring vibrant abstract artwork with red and golden hues, free entry.
Discover the fusion of color and creativity in Javier López Pastrana's art exhibition, from June 1 to August 3, 2009, at Galería José María Velasco.

The Beginnings of Eclectic Art

"Javier Lopez Pastrana is above all a thorough plastic researcher. But he is committed not only to pictorial exploration, but that his work also contains a sense of reflection on current social circumstances. Following the line of modern Mexican painters, Javier has the firm idea of ​​planting a purposeful art that derives from the cultural baggage of our country against the unifying attack of globalization.

In order to understand the magnitude and complexity of his project, we now propose clues offered by him, derived from previous talks that we had when we got closer to learning about his work.

Exhibition panel featuring Javier López Pastrana's black and white and cosmic-themed abstract paintings, with Spanish text describing his artistic exploration and social reflection.
Javier López Pastrana's exhibition panel presents a contrast between monochromatic intricacy and cosmic vibrancy, reflecting on modern societal contexts.

The Evolution of Eclectic Art

His concern in plastic research, in which he manipulates loads, acrylic, oil, and which now begins to expand in the field of the three-dimensional; evidences it as a methodical to do pictorial. But this is only an instrumental reason to achieve your true goal.

The Emergence of Neocrotalic

After a slight touch with Oaxacan paint, evident in its palette and use of textures; probe the Mayan world and other pre-Columbian cultures to encounter the geometric structures of its architecture, ceramics, textiles, etc., and how these shapes can derive from nature.

Art exhibition display featuring a vibrant green and purple abstract painting alongside a monochrome piece with pre-Columbian influences, accompanied by Spanish descriptions of the artistic process
Javier López Pastrana's art contrasts a lively abstract painting in green and purple tones with a monochrome artwork inspired by pre-Columbian culture.

Characteristics of Neocrotalic Art

At the same time, it detects that the patterns on the skin of some Mexican snakes have a compositional structure such that, in their opinion, they have the potential to become universal in the visual sphere, when they are systematically transferred to plastic exercise. Hence, he proposes the term Neocrotálico as a result of his research, becoming his creative objective.

Influences on Neocrotalic Art

Starting from a dissertation on the interdependence between the micro and macro cosmos in the organic, or past and future in the cultural, and having the human being as an agent in between these dimensions; his work acquires metaphysical connotations that do not diminish his strength but strengthen his plastic power. The most recent works limit, for example, an interest in social migrations, as a result of the new world order and the contradictions it generates.

Monochrome artwork with intricate patterns centered around a square motif on an exhibition panel, next to a vibrant splash of colors painting, with Spanish text discussing the themes of interdependence and metaphysical connotations in art.
Javier López Pastrana's art delves into pattern symmetry in monochrome and a vivacious abstract explosion of colors, reflecting his metaphysical and social themes.

Neocrotalic Art in Contemporary Culture

The combination of all these factors, results in a work that not only captures in its meticulousness and detail, proper tie between color, shape and texture; rather, it has multiple and overlapping contents that it is important to recognize to further understand the richness contained in the material now presented.

The Future of Neocrotalic Mexican Art

This exhibition is just a selection of his work. It is divided into 2 parts or moments. One, the search that tries to show how this artist entered the plastic and conceptual investigation in a professional and successful way, the eclectic. To outline in the second part, the Neocrotálico, his style, a solid, seductive work committed to the context of art, society and himself."

Art exhibition panel featuring a colorful, detailed abstract painting and a set of patterned monochrome tiles with Spanish text commentary by Alfredo Matus, highlighting the artist's intricate interplay of color, form, and texture.
Javier López Pastrana's vibrant abstract painting and monochrome patterned tiles embody a blend of minute details and rich textures, as described by Alfredo Matus.

Alfredo Matus June 15, 2008

Gallery Director Jose Maria Velasco INBA

Peralvillo 55, Colonia Morelos 06200 Mexico, DF

Blank exhibition poster with geometric green lines on a brown background, featuring the address and contact information for Galería José María Velasco in Mexico City.
Galeria Jose Maria Velazco Brochure of NeoCrotalic art exhbition in 2008


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