Exhibition by Elías Henoc Permut. Villa Manuela Gallery, H street Nr. 406 between 17 and 19, Vedado. August 2017
Deciphering the infinite
by: LUIS ÁLVAREZ
"We are all born of something that makes us shine, silent of obedience where it will never be dark. But I remain in spite of beating in no one: I am the water that furrows through the eyes of the night."
"EPITAPH OF LIGHT"
Elias Permut is a creator straddled in two of the great fields of human expression, poetry and painting, which he works with a dazzling unity.
His plastic work is presented as a gradation from white to black, that is, from the whole to the overwhelming nothingness. He is an artist focused on the rescue of the universe, through a personal configuration of cultural heritages, both from the West settled in Greek symbology, and from the millenary East, in particular what has to do with the Hebrew heritage. A canvas like Born of the Invisible -also the title of one of his poems- seems to recover the trajectory that Plato outlined for the human being: "the artist imagines an irruption, an ortho of life, as a transit that goes from the inferior of existence to the fullness of a knowledge that, more than constructed, would be rescued in memory". For the crucial theme of Permut is fusion - of verse and pictorial stroke, as well as of symbolic image and anguished reflection on the harmony of the world. Therefore, a hallucinatory symmetry fills these works, in pursuit of a balance always questioned. Rarely in Cuban plastic art can one find such an intense confluence between the meticulous line and a kind of deaf scream. Permut's paintings take on, shaken, a Pascalian setting in which the most succinct and geometric allusion to the human being - be it a seraphic entity or an indefinite fallen creature - always appears at the crossroads between a higher level of the spirit and an imperfect terrain. Under the rigorous geometry, the artist gives birth to the very personal mathematics of his painting, over and over again leaning out to the eternal fractality that only our time has been able to know. Lezama, Carpentier and, above all, Sarduy already spoke to us of the Cuban neo-baroque as a space in flight and that leaves us here and there a thirst for dynamism and growth. Permut's obsession with fractals allows us to recover Orion. His strange and strong engineering of the image reminds us that the plastic arts are a balance of being and a route to the absolute.
PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION):
2008 Voces, Museum of Decorative Arts, Ciego de Ávila, Cuba.
2005 Retrospective of a Monotheist, Museum of Decorative Arts, Ciego de Ávila, Cuba.
2004 Judaísmo Celeste, UNEAC Gallery, Santi Spíritus, Cuba.
2003 El recinto perdido, Casa del Joven Creador, Ciego de Ávila, Cuba.
2002 Hebraísmos, Collateral to the International Festival of Cinema, Gallery "Rubén Martínez Villena" of the UNEAC, Havana, Cuba.
2002 Shalom, EXPOCUBA, Havana, Cuba.
1997 Adonai es mi pastor, nada me falta, Hugo Cortijo Gallery, Morón, Ciego de Ávila, Cuba.
COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION):
2013 Provincial Hall Raúl Martínez, CPAP, Ciego de Ávila, Cuba.
2011 50 in Ios 50, for the 50th anniversary of UNEAC, La Acacia Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
2010 Salón Nacional Espacio Cero, Ciego de Ávila, Centro Provincial de Arte, C.A, Cuba.
2009 Inverted Papers, Plastic Arts Council Gallery, Ciego de Ávila, Cuba.
2007 XX UNEAC Winter Salon, Raúl Martínez Art Gallery, Ciego de Ávila, Cuba.
2003 Cuba-Canada Itinerant Fusion Expo, Quebec, Montreal, Hull, Gatineau, Canada.
2002 Summer Solstice Collective Expo, Imagination Gallery, Quebec, Canada.
AWARDS AND MENTIONS
2011 UNEAC Award, Raúl Martínez Provincial Hall.
2003 Rubén Martínez Villena Creation Scholarship Award from the AHS.
2002 AHS Prize at the XVII Salón Provincial de Artes Plásticas, Ciego de Ávila.
2001 Rubén Martínez Villena Creation Scholarship Award from the AHS.