Ernesto Benitez, Spain based contemporary Cuban artist, whose aesthetic is characterized by multidisciplinarity, experimentation and a deep conceptual projection. With his artistic praxis he explores different edges of the subjective, the political, the social and the cultural to propose unavoidable reflections and ontological questionings that insist on the restorative or therapeutic function of the art processes. As a son of the digital era and heir to contemporary hedonism and ludism, Ernesto is committed to an artistic discourse that assumes our own weaknesses, the splits and fractures of all kinds that result from our existential experience emphasizing in an irrepressible need for religare.
In his varied artistic production we can find drawings, collages, photography (analog and digital), “paintings” made with layers of different materials superimposed on various supports; sculptures, manipulated objects as well as large art installations presented as environmental art (for specific sites) in which traditional materials (salt, ash, coal or clay, among many others) are contrasted with elements of the New-Media (Streaming transmissions via Internet, sound incorporated through sensors or, 3D Animation and system programming); performances, clandestine interventions or video-art projected on diverse supports (including over the public itself). Benítez is a committed contemporary Cuban artist who has always employed in his artistic practice a varied range of manifestations, processes, techniques and materials, articulated from a conceptual discourse, as a counterpoint to the synaesthetic statements and instrumentalism of much of the art made today in this unstructured construct that we use to call Globalization. His is a vision that overflows and questions the subjet´s fragmented intimacy in order to scrutinize the depths of an “I” always in relation to the other and to its environment… A deeply reflective proposal that is articulated at the crossroads of the self but focused from the spheres and spaces of mediation.
Visual Arts: Analogy and Symbolic Speech
(Art, Anthropology and Philosophy)
With a deep philosophical-anthropological vocation, the work of Ernesto Benítez intends -if possible- to revalue the analogical thought and to resignify the symbolic speech that the post-industrial societies have kidnapped and tied up emptying it of all transcendental connotation. Confronting (obviously or hermetically) the rites, fetishes and liturgies characteristic of the dystopian Eurocentric modernity with different discursive elements emanated from other practices and ancestral rituals, whose epistemological bases extend beyond immanentism, Ernesto Benítez proposes a reformulation of the concept of globalization, increasingly in need of bidirectionality.
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Normalization and hegemony of the Western cultural model
With diverse materials, many times derived from fire and its action of destruction-renewal -in a frank allusion to the influence of alchemical thought and its hermetic discourse-, the work of Ernesto Benitez explores and reflects on the wounds caused by the hegemony of Western cultural models. His proposal could be summarized, in his own words: “as an exercise in self-discovery, self-recovery or reconquest” and is destined to fill the gaps that are generated in the post-art world today.