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Arturo Luz (b.1926)
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Arturo Luz (b.1926)\nBorobodur\nIn 1988, Arturo Luz begun a journey across the ancient cities located in various Southeast Asian\ncountries as a personal artistic pilgrimage. Carrying a simple camera, Luz took the usual touristic\nshots done by any traveler, but his fascination in the majestic yet derelict buildings and temples forced\nhim to take a serious second look. Returning with a more professional camera borrowed from his\nown daughter Angela, Luz captured the scenes of the majestic temple of Borobudur, the 9th century\nMahayana Buddhist temple located in the forests of Java. The temple complex with its geometric\nsymmetry and closed detailed carvings in its architecture piqued Luz to reimagine and recreate the\ntemple in a more minimalist composition. Thus beginning his series known as the Cities of the Past,\nwhich he recounted to art critic Cid Reyes in 1999 (published in Arturo Luz by Cid Reyes. Ayala\nFoundation, Inc., 1999, pp.65-75):\n?These architectural paintings-which I call Cities of the Past series-are imaginary landscapes, recollections\nof my Asian pilgrimages. They have one common element: they are not literal, but rather\ncomposite images from memory. They are imagined, transformed, invented. None directly based on\none source.?\nHere, the white lines that have been carefully drafted chalk with a desk ruler and later actuated\nwith acrylic, Luz composed a geometric figuration of the temple by foregoing its Buddhist aesthetics\nand finely crafted details by transforming the venerable temple into a Brutalist conceptual project.\nRather, than evoking the gilded statues and buttresses that flourish within the Indonesian, he uses\ngold-colored art paper that he has precisely cut and pasted unto the work, to form the distinct arches\nand stupas reconstructing the view of the majestic temple at sunrise.\nsigned (lower left) and dated 1992 (verso)\nacrylic and mixed media on canvas\n48? x 60? (122 cm x 152 cm)
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