Oscure Sacrifice by Jorge Manilla at Gallery Four

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Published: 13.01.2015

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It's time to start 2015 at Four!
We are happy and proud to present Jorge Manilla and the exhibition Oscure Sacrifice.
By creating jewellery Jorge Manilla investigates his environment - religion, emotions, relationships and the meaning of life.
Over the last years the artist has rediscovered his love for the black colour. To the artist black relates to something hidden, the secretive and the unknown, and as a result it creates an air of mystery. It keeps things bottled up inside, hidden from the world. His dark forms and shapes create a barrier between the meanings of the objects and the outside world. Black implies self-control and discipline, independence and a strong will. It gives an impression of authority and power. For Manilla black is the end, but the end always implies a new beginning. When light appears, black becomes white, the color of new beginnings.
Manilla has a professional background as a boxer and butcher. He observes violence and cruelty pragmatic and objective and his jewellery often express a brutal rawness – beautiful punches that hit the viewer in solar plexus.
Jorge Manilla is originally from Mexico, lives and works in Belgium. Alongside his professional activities as an international artist, he teaches at Art and Design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp where he is right now also working as researcher and doing his PhD under the title Other Bodies. Since 2014 he is visiting professor and official tutor of the master students at Alchimia school of Contemporary Jewellery in Firenze Italy.
Opening: Friday January 23 17.00-21.00
Special presentation with the artist: Friday January 30 17.00-20.00 h
The exhibition runs until February 21
Thursday January 28 Jorge Manilla will give a lecture at HDK - School of Design and Crafts.
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