The mysterious world of El Gato Chimney
Milan-based artist El Gato Chimney, whose recent works are currently on view at Stephen Romano Gallery in Brooklyn NY, part of his solo show ‘De Rerum Natura’ running through April 25th, 2015, challenges our perception of reality and existence by revealing what is invisible to the viewer, a mysterious, dual and deceptive world, full of symbols and meanings that wait to be deciphered, inspired by folklore, magic, alchemy, occultism, ancient and modern art, as well as primitive art and spiritualism.
In this “good nightmare” universe, we notice the absence of humans, perhaps because man is yet unable to understand beyond the comfortable illusion that narrows his vision and senses. Thus, the inhabitants of these fantastic and intricate realms of the unknown are animals, the bearers of the key to secret knowledge. Engaged in infinite journeys between life and death towards achieving their goals or wandering in the mist of time and space, from an era to another, from one world to the next, they intersect with our own coming to divide or unite, to bring good or harm, to awake or to silence.
While the houses carried by these enigmatic creatures may be some of the few elements that remind us of our home – which is the reality we fabricate to feel safe and at ease, nature is revealed in its most unrestrained form, with its pure freedom highlighting the fact that man does not hold neither understanding nor power and control over the natural world. Overcoming the false and convenient limits we create and impose to ourselves is perhaps the message that the artist offers us in hope that we can open our minds to see and perceive what surrounds us differently, from a magic perspective.
“But my work seeks to portray the fact that we will never totally understand this reality; that this reality is filled with magic, and realizing this magic means we are able to become part of our own working definition of ideal. An ideal that is beautifully static and always changing, a fact of life that humanity accepts with difficulty and opposition. We seek out theories and scientific proofs. My work seeks to embrace the magic, the unexplained, and the fact that there is no ideal.” (read full interview)
‘My black heart’, 100 x 71 cm, mix media on cotton paper, 2014
‘The catcher’, 60 x 70 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2014
‘Inside the circle’, 100 x 71 cm, mix media on cotton paper, 2014
‘The oracle’, 50 x 71 cm, watercolors on cotton paper, 2015
‘The charlatan’, 80 x 90 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2015
‘The two rivers’, 50 x 60 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2014