Pictorial Virtualism

Pictorial Virtualism

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Who looks outside, dreams; Who looks inside, awakes.

Carl Jung.


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The Pictorial Virtualism
When the word Virtual is used we are talking about something that is ostensible and has not real existence. I call Pictorial Virtualism to my style in painting, which is based on the Platonic idealism, which asserts that the material world is an imperfect copy of the world of ideas, and that human perception of reality is partial, because we can only see a part of reality which is widest. The neuroscience now tells us: that our brains projects us a partial or virtual reality, because both our brain and senses are limited. Also my work is influenced by the theories of the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung, who in his research about the symbolism in art, proposed the idea that human beings have a natural tendency to create symbols. As the reality that we perceive is only a construction of our mind, the ideas of things assume importance, and is in this point where the Platonic concept of the supremacy of ideas is related to the concept of the collective unconscious of Carl Gustav Jung and his theory of symbolism as a natural human tendency, because the symbol is an element that has the capacity of transmit ideas, and is through symbols that I express ideas into my work. I do not use symbolism as a series of minimalist forms that evoke an idea or image, neither as a pictographic image, nor as a sign, which many people confuse with symbol, the symbols in my work are the human figures, animals, objects and nature, according to each composition there are elements that become symbols and others are just scenic part of the work. If the reality as we perceive it is ostensible and not real, then the pictorial representation of this reality is even more partial or virtual. I use imagination and symbol for transmit ideas. I working based on words that represent an idea or concept and then turn into images. I use oil on canvas.
John Quintero Villar

How are closely related images and words, this is basically my work is, for 
which I use the symbol as an element that has the ability to transmit ideas, because 
my intention is to express ideas through of the symbolism and the imagination
for which I use characters and elements of symbolic nature.

According to the Plato's idealism, the material world is created from the ideas, and that
the human perception of reality is partial, an idea expressed by Plato in his
concept of the Demiurge.

The reality that the human being  perceives is conditioned to the  process that
involve our brain and consciousness, which through the senses create a sensation
or idea of reality that we recognize, but that is just our reality.

If the human reality is real only of a partial way, due to the limitation of our 
brain and senses, then we must think that the pictorial representation of our reality is 
even more partial, ostensible or virtual. That exists in its totality  is
the idea about the things and then its representation.

The arts, especially the painting is a manifestation of our virtual world. 
but also through of the arts we can escape from the chimera of human 
perception of reality.
For these reasons, the principal characteristic of the Pictorial Virtualism
is the representation of ideas, through of visual  compositions.

The three-dimensional perception in the painting:

The painting is virtual in itself, because the canvas has only two dimensions, its 
thickness is so minuscule that it has no value, talking about depth.
so that  the depth is created through of the perspective, that in the end is a trick.

The color:

The color is a visual perception that is generated in the brain through the sense of
sight. Every body illuminated absorbs some electromagnetic waves and reflects
the rest. The reflected waves are absorbed by the eye and interpreted by the 
brain as certain colors according to its wavelength.
In definitive, the color does not exists. that exists is the light.

Basically the pictorial virtualism tries to represent ideas with cultural elements 
or everyday events with cultural content.

Main Characteristics

The main characteristics of the Pictorial Virtualism are:
Figurativism very concrete even when are representing oneiric situations.   
Representation of ideas through of visual compositions.
Use of  the human and animal figure, nature and objects in vivid colors and contrasts of light.
Use of symbolic elements to express ideas or concepts.

Features: moving figures, strong colors or in intermediate shades.
Representation of  ideas with cultural elements.
Representation of  everyday events.
Recreation of common characters in fantastic events or on an oneiric reality.
Recreation common characters but fantastic or oneiric environments.
Use symbolic elements providing any cultural content to the artworks.
Use of  the polysemic possibilities of some words.

    Siren song. (March 2015).
    Oil on canvas. 39.37 x 31.5 inches.    

    The words are images, the images are words. (October 2014).
    Oil on canvas. 39.37 x 31.5 inches.    
    Silent Poetry. (August 2014). 
    Oil on canvas. 31.5 x 39.37 inches. 

    Progress, future, destiny (August 2013). 
    Oil on canvas. 39.37 x 31.5 inches.

The sweat of the sun, the tears of the earth  (July 2013).
    Oil on canvas. 39.37 x 31.5 inches.

    The greed and the cirrus cloud  (April 2013).
    Oil on canvas. 39.37 x 31.5 inches.

    Softworld, hardworld (March 2013).
    Oil on canvas. 31.5 x 39.37 inches.

    Trojans in the fragile World  (February 2013).
    Oil on canvas. 31.5 x 39.37 inches.

    Estocada of delirium (January 2013).
    Oil on canvas. 31.5 x 39.37 inches.

    Create, preserve, destroy (November 2012).
    Oil on canvas. 39.37 x 27.56 inches.

    The juggler (July 2012).
    Oil on canvas. 23.62 x 19.69 inches.

    Man is a wolf to man (June 2012).
    Oil on canvas. 23.62 x 19.69 inches.

    The golem: the technology (May 2012).
    Oil on canvas. 23.62 x 19.69 inches.

    Self - destruction  (February  2012).
    Oil on canvas. 23.62 x 19.69 inches.

    Phobos and deimos: the war (March 2012).
    Oil on canvas. 23.62 x 19.69 inches.

    The barbed wire, the end of the Cowboys (July 2012). 
    Oil on canvas. 19.69 x 23.62 inches.

    Samsara (June 2012).
    Oil on canvas. 19.69 x 23.62 inches.

    The chimera of human perception of reality (May 2012).
    Oil on canvas. 19.69 x 23.62 inches.

    Oneiric charge  (March 2012).
    Oil on canvas. 19.69 x 23.62 inches.

    The collective unconscious ; the ideas, the wheel  (April 2012).
    Oil on canvas. 19.69 x 23.62 inches.

    Equilibrium (December 2010).
    Oil on canvas. 19.69 x 23.62 inches.

    All too human (March 2011).
    Oil on canvas. 19.63 x 23.62 inches.

   The colors of colombia (November 2010).
    Oil on canvas. 15.75 x 19.69 inches.

    Silence (February 2011).
    Oil on canvas. 23.62 x 19.69 inches.

    Riding  (November 2011).
    Oil on canvas. 23.62 x 19.69 inches.

The color is light really.
The sound is vibration moving on an elastic medium: water, air or others.
The smell is a mixture of gasses, vapors and dust.
All these perceptions depend of the level of complexity of the sensorial system 
through which are processed, for later be interpreted by the brain. Definitely neither 
the color, the sound nor the smell existent. 
What really existent are the general lines or physical phenomena, which are: light, vibrations
gasses, vapors and so on.

Art is not communication, art is expression.
Art does not necessarily have to be direct and evident in its contents, as if it should be the communication, the artist uses several resources like the symbol, and in some artistic expressions are used the visual metaphor and the polysemic relations, among others. Although the art can communicate this is not its essential characteristic.

Is not the same communicate that express.

Plato and his idea about Demiurge :

Jung and the theory  about the Collective Unconscious :