Ian Johnson and Luis Luna at the Galería Intersección

Ian Johnson and Luis Luna at the Galería Intersección

By Margaret Failoni

 

With the exhibition “The Weight of Gravity,” British artist extraordinaire Ian Johnson exhibits his latest work at the Intersección Gallery with his ever-present creative ode to nature. Exquisitely executed panels in a succession of multi-green chards march across a wall with a whiff of a cloud of leaves breaking onto the minimalist space of the exhibition. No stranger to the Mexican contemporary art scene, several of his large wall installations have found their way into major collections in Mexico City; more recently, his hanging pieces have traveled to the United States West coast.

 

A great deal of the magic in Johnson’s work lies in his uncanny ability to depict nature in a precise, abstract manner. The artist comes to us from England where he started and nurtured a successful career before coming to San Miguel de Allende where he now lives and works.

 

With his “Divertimento Escultorio” exhibition, Luis Luna once again presents a group of bronzes which easily display his dexterity with the chosen medium. Much as the title of his show illustrates, it is obvious the artist is having fun creating different shapes and patinas to present the many possibilities that sculpture can transmit a mood.

 

Widely collected in Mexico City, Luna is a much respected teacher for his patience and ability to convey the many facets of working with bronze, such as the lost wax technique and the importance of choosing and working with patinas. Many contemporary sculptors owe their sculpting technique to Luna. He believes the work should be affordable to all, so he insists on keeping his prices at a low to medium range, unusual for an artist of his stature. Luna lives and works in Mexico City.

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