Galleria Varsi (Rome) presents “Quiéreme”, a personal exhibition by the Argentine artist Nicolás Romero Escalada aka Ever, whose artistic journey stems from his need to express questions in public spaces and interact with collective thoughts.
Ever first experienced the freedom of the streets when he began to do graffiti as a boy on the walls of Buenos Aires. His art then evolved into an original pictorial style (abstract and figurative) in color and contents, in which man is the key symbol. From June 16 to July 13, 2017. Ever questions the “elsewhere” that ecstatics come to know and imagine to have experienced. In this halo of light and darkness, the artist discovers that the tension men feel towards being uplifted is matched by God’s tendency to descend: the divine will to “penetrate man” finds its fulfillment in ecstasy. Man and God desire each other in unison and transgress their boundaries, surpassing their secure limits to enjoy absolute love while taking the risk of dying for this love.
The artist imagines a curious God that manifests Himself through the pleasures of the flesh to share them and free them from sin. It is in the enjoyment of this union that shared guilt dissolves: all is truth and love, for an instant fully accessible.
“Quiéreme” interprets Transverberation in a contemporary key; it questions the tensions of modern man, and exhorts the spectator to “ex-sistere”. The artist transforms Galleria Varsi into an ecstatic, erotic and sacred, yet human, space. Men and women abducted by unknown entities populate artworks, forcing their bodies into stillness, waiting for their raptured soul to return.
The story of mysticism teaches us that ecstasy is never equal to itself. What would we find if we were to be seized from our natural borders? Who are these desired entities that occupy bodies, that men loves so much and by whom they want to be loved back?