An Artist to Follow

by Elida Román

Fermin Fleites’ recent work exhibited at the Praxis Art Gallery reinforces his multiple merits. He has the ability to bring together seemingly unrelated visual styles in an “ordered chaos” that make us jump from classical Greek and German Renaissance images to the most contemporary art forms, such as installations or conceptual art. In the process, his well informed gaze directs us to popular products and images associated with symbols, rituals, and magical beliefs practiced through time.

Ordered Chaos

Fleites has a great capacity to integrate the sources of artistic production of our days: anthropology, psychology, history and ethnography. He does it through aesthetic fusions delivered with a sense of spectacle that shows its relationship with invented advertising icons.
Fleites’ personal game brings together and offers the audience a casual or contemporary humor that disregards pompous hyperbole. This humor is protected and undoubtedly directed by a reasonable and intelligent decision.

Let me tell you

Fermin Fleites

The artist places a special accent on magical practices in this group of works, from Afroamerican practices to Andean shamanism. He highlights the fascination tinged with fear and reverence that these magical practices have on the inhabitants of these cultures. He creates an amazing mural entitled “I and the other” that has a strong metaphorical impact. He also plays with elements that need prior educated information, as in “El Elegido” (a reference to the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, stripped of all drama), or “Two hundred thirty-three hours for…,” made with organic pigments, gunpowder and coal.

“Let me tell you…” is part of a long-term project that led him to settle in Peru for a time. A work of art not only interesting, intelligent and fun, but full of reflections, humor and ambition.
One of the best performances so far this year.

An Artist to Follow

by Elida Roman


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