Árbol semiótico (Semiotic Tree) | Jorge Wellesley
Opening Reception | Wednesday, December 2, 2015 | 7-10pm
ArtCenter’s 924 Vitrine | 924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
On view through March 6, 2016
Árbol semiótico (Semiotic Tree) is a work by Cuban-born artist Jorge Wellesley. His work is based on three basic concepts—Truth, Reality and Language—and the sometimes antagonistic relationship between them. Language is a convention, an agreement or consensus to establish order. However, language cannot always capture reality. Language is an arbitrary structure and becomes abstract because text is an abstract graphic.
In this work, Wellesley started looking for the concept “Verdad” (Truth) in a dictionary of synonyms and antonyms thinking he would reach some logical outcome, or somewhat explain the whole universe of meanings that could be behind this powerful word. This idea started as an experiment, but after two days expanding the network of meanings, the words were taking him in an opposite direction. He discovered the word “Mentira” (Lie) while looking for synonyms and thus the work was born. He utilized the visual of a genealogical tree using generations and descendants. This is the ideal metaphor to present the relationship and the cyclical sense of things.
Jorge Wellesley | Havana, Cuba, 1979 | Lives and works in Miami
Jorge Wellesley graduated from the San Alejandro Fine Arts Academy, Havana, in 1998 and from the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in 2004. He conducted painting workshops at the ISA for five years. He was a founding member of the Department of Public Interventions project (DIP, in its Spanish acronym) and the five-artist project Espacio 08. Wellesley’s work embraces many genres and supports, including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, and video. It has been shown in museums in Cuba, Latin America, Europe, the United States, and Canada, such as the Queens Museum, NY, USA; the Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY, USA; the Musée National d´art Moderne et Contemporain Algiers (MAMA), Algeria; NHHC Art Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA; and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba. His most recent exhibitions include: “Mobility and its Discontents”, The 8th Floor, NY, USA; “The Spaces Between: Contemporary Art From Havana”, Bildmuseet, Umeå University, Sweden; “Games and Challenges”, Rainhart Gallery, Brussels, Belgium; “Estrictamente Impersonal” and Espacio 08, XI Havana Biennial.