Sculptor José Luis Torres was recently in Argentina where he created a work of art in Santa Rosa, the capital of the La Pampa province. The project, entitled “(RE) existir”, was originally planned to be on exhibit for a period of two months but will now be a permanent piece at the center.
It was Raúl Fernández Olivi, renown sculptor and cultural director of Santa Rosa, who extended the invitation to Torres. With the general public’s help, Torres’ piece was integrated around the eight columns in the main entrance of the municipal cultural center. Using various objects and repurposed wood found throughout the city, or supplied by the local population, the sculptor was looking to evoke the possibility of continual reinvention; to begin a new cycle, give used objects a second life, integrating used windows, agricultural equipment, doors and wood furniture.
For the artist, the use of wood in his pieces is a sort of anchor in the reality of the locale. The chaotic assembly is a counterweight to the apparent order that is trying to contain certain existences in rigid standards and structures. This is precisely the case in Argentina where the scaffolding of parallel systems is a question of survival, where instability and urgency are integral parts of everyday life.
Torres’ work of art has been judged as audacious by the community and has attracted media attention. The artist gave more than a dozen interviews to radio, television and print media in La Pampa. In fact, the visit from the Argentine-Canadian sculptor created so much interest that the Minster or Culture for the province, who is also Vice-Governor, was counted among the guests who attended the opening. Having been won over by the theme of the pieces, she authorized and announced that Torres’ piece would become a permanent part of the collection.
Source : Tintamarre communication créative