Multi Media Artist

What motivates you to create?

Before the motivation was purely expressive. Today I am motivated by a kind of personal socio-political commitment. I try to think of my works as testimonies, as sensitive historical documents.

When did you realize you were an artist?

At 19 years-old, when I discovered that there was an internal energy that I couldn’t control, that I could only transform through creative processes. Then I understood that there are many kinds of artists so I sought to problematize my thinking. Only when I managed to go beyond technique, I assumed it.

What was it that convinced you to join ARTDEX?

The first thing I saw was the possibility of another diffusion space. Then when I reviewed the call and the website in detail, I felt that there was an opportunity to participate without conditioning, without a curriculum, without confronting speeches, and that there was an appreciation of the work and of being an artist. 

I would like to thank the interest in knowing and spreading each of our stories, in addition to the kindness and responsibility of the treatment they give us. I think ARTDEX is a valuable space for participation and the exchange of experiences.

Tell us about your artistic style?

I don’t believe in styles, or at least I’m not interested in thinking about them in this contemporaneity. I think that the research processes and the engagement of art today is much broader, and requires us to be able to adapt. I try to ensure that simultaneous processes occur in my work, that materialities and procedures intersect. I’m not interested in purisms although I can be very selective. But I think that if I had to define myself, at most I would say that I am a “recuperator”.

Tell us about your background? (did you study art, has it always been a hobby, or perhaps you took it up later in life).

I studied several careers related to the visual arts and design. I sought to specialize because I was interested in incorporating information, I felt hungry. Today I don’t believe so much in the academy because I feel that it has become excessively institutionalized, it has become bureaucratic. I believe more in practice and in the craft of creating. I have been exploring and thinking about art for more than 20 years, and I am sure that each experience can be valuable.

Does creating art help you heal?

Surely, though it shouldn’t be a perceptible act of healing. I don’t believe in catharsis processes through art. When I create I lose and win in equal measure, so I see it more as a way to find my own balance.

To learn more, please visit Juan Carlos Urrutia’s ARTDEX Profile.

“My first solo show marked an important part of my entire artistic journey, also serving as a way of questioning the exercise of legitimation. At 26 years-old (1 month after finishing my first arts degree) I organized not only my first individual exhibition but also the first traveling event that was born in a non-museum space: my family’s house. Two rooms in the house in which I was born and raised were transformed physically and symbolically into a space for family members and museum directors, friends and artists, neighbors and collectors, to confront emotionally and critically with my works. Some found it strange, some saw it as a criticism while for others it was a work of art in the form of an exhibition. For me it was the beginning of a delicious and infinite process of transformation and resignification.”

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