Juan Becú — “Bosch y Sho” @ Miranda Bosch Gallery Posted on 24 Nov 22:52 , 0 comments

By George Nelson.

juan_becu_06Argentine Juan Becú’s new exhibition — “Bosch y Sho” — is now showing at Recoleta’s Miranda Bosch gallery and emanates “dynamic energy.” The fiery-haired Becú formed one quarter of Buenos Aires-born “Los Nuevos Románticos,” a group of painters including Nahuel Vecino, Alejandro Bonzo and, Max Gomez Canle, which aligned with figurative and abstract expression — but it’s hard to see any romance in breakaway Becú’s work, at least initially. His canvases portray warped floral arrangements and heavily smudged portraits — there is something reminiscent of Francis Bacon’s style, evident in the unsettling movement and indistinct detail.

“Most of the images were painted a while ago and stored in a garage,” Becú said. “They conquer the perimeter of the canvas, each painting breaks from the control of its boundaries.”

The artist’s comments are philosophical, to say the least — and until one sees the paintings, Becú’s words appear a little difficult to digest. But the creations fixed to the gallery walls bulge with life, like — true to his word — they are attempting to escape the restrictions of each frame. Mystical bouquets form explosions of rich colour and oil paintings of anonymous characters stare with distorted expressions. Becú explained the trails of condensing his ideas onto a limited surface.

“The doctrine of painting requires many hours of work, meditation, research, frustrated sessions — some sessions are successful, but some are tainted with disappointments,” he said. “Combine all this with discussions with colleagues, friends, and oneself, and then try put it all down on a 6×4 meter board while expressing the relationship between the old rules of painting and the exuberance of language.”

Despite Becú’s confessed difficulties in managing to cram all his thoughts and artistic desires onto the restricted canvases, he manages. The works are intriguing and disturbing in equal measure, showing cartoon like busts either stuffing their mouths with food, or sporting phallic features. Becú may be influenced by the likes of Jack and Dino Chapman and perhaps more classical references such as Nicolas Poussin — it makes for interesting viewing.

  • Juan Becú — “Bosch y Sho”
  • @ Miranda Bosch Gallery, Montevideo 1723
  • Entrance Free