Few contemporary artists have
delved into the chthonic grounding of our psyches with the courage,
directness, and originality of Gay Garcia. In sculptures, paintings,
prints, and tapestry, his vision of the tension that is our
home and basis for our identity the tension between earth
and freedom, between time and hope has never wavered.
Garcia has never advanced a sanguine resolution of this tension.
Through myriad subtle images, textures and gestures,
Garcia's focus and message have been constant; the earth-time-governed
life-world, precarious stage we share with other subjectivities,
is already half the child of our hope, half the substance of
all desire to escape it.
Garcia's works reiterate a single
passionate theme: we do not want to escape the earthbound so
much as we aspire to make it last forever. Flesh is the only
context we know, so it is unnatural to desire to escape it.
Death is what we want to shed. Art is the clearest expression
of this desire, even clearer than religion. Wings are one of
Garcia's most important recurring motives of the last decade.
They are the central image around which the theme of freedom
turns in the sculptures and paintings.
Garcia's art dramatizes how creative
power and reflection, and on a broader scale how action and
matter, are one and the same. No Latin American since Matta
can rival Garcia's dramatization of the volcanic order of the
imagination. The inspiration lies, precisely, in the paradox,
the fiery matrix has laws and structure.