A Long Night's Journey Into Day

Filder Augustín Peña

September 06 — September 12, 2019

Opening Reception
Friday, September 6th, | 8PM - 10PM |....................... @YesMa'am Projects......................................................... (email info@gildargallery.com for address)

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<p><span class="name">Filder Augustín Peña</span><br><em>La Curación</em><span class='media'>Acrylic on canvas</span>62.5 x 42.5in in(158.8 x 108 cm)<br>2017<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry FAPE0001&body=I am interested in finding out more about La Curación by Filder Augustín Peña'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Filder Augustín Peña</span><br><em>El Nacimiento de la Armonía</em><span class='media'>Acrylic on canvas</span>39 x 39.5in in(99.1 x 100.3 cm)<br>2014<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry FAPE0002&body=I am interested in finding out more about El Nacimiento de la Armonía by Filder Augustín Peña'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Filder Augustín Peña</span><br><em>La Tercera es La Madre Selva</em><span class='media'>Acrylic on canvas</span>15.5 x 29.5 in(39.4 x 74.9 cm)<br>2013<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry FAPE0003&body=I am interested in finding out more about La Tercera es La Madre Selva by Filder Augustín Peña'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Filder Augustín Peña</span><br><em>La Cuarta Es Selva, Cosmovisión y Universo</em><span class='media'>Acrylic on canvas</span>15.5 x 18 in(39.4 x 45.7 cm)<br>2018<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry FAPE0004&body=I am interested in finding out more about La Cuarta Es Selva, Cosmovisión y Universo by Filder Augustín Peña'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Filder Augustín Peña</span><br><em>La Mujer Curandera y el Hombre Jaguar Curandero</em><span class='media'>Ayahuasca on fabric</span>81 x 62 in(205.7 x 157.5 cm)<br>2018<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry FAPE0005&body=I am interested in finding out more about La Mujer Curandera y el Hombre Jaguar Curandero by Filder Augustín Peña'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Filder Augustín Peña</span><br><em>El Circulo Del Universo</em><span class='media'>Ayahuasca on fabric</span>21.5 x 15.5 in(54.6 x 39.4 cm)<br>2019<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry FAPE0006&body=I am interested in finding out more about El Circulo Del Universo by Filder Augustín Peña'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Filder Augustín Peña</span><br><em>El Circulo Del Maestro</em><span class='media'>Ayahuasca on fabric</span>21.5 x 15.5 in(54.6 x 39.4 cm)<br>2019<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry FAPE0007&body=I am interested in finding out more about El Circulo Del Maestro by Filder Augustín Peña'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Filder Augustín Peña</span><br><em>La Meditacion De La Chacruna</em><span class='media'>Ayahuasca on fabric</span>21.5 x 15.5 in(54.6 x 39.4 cm)<br>2019<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry FAPE0008&body=I am interested in finding out more about La Meditacion De La Chacruna by Filder Augustín Peña'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Filder Augustín Peña</span><br><em>La Meditacion De La Chacruna</em><span class='media'>Ayahuasca on canvas</span>21.5 x 15.5 in(54.6 x 39.4 cm)<br>2019<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry FAPE0009&body=I am interested in finding out more about La Meditacion De La Chacruna by Filder Augustín Peña'>Inquire</a></p>
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Filder Augustín Peña
La CuraciónAcrylic on canvas62.5 x 42.5in in(158.8 x 108 cm)
2017
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Filder Augustín Peña
El Nacimiento de la ArmoníaAcrylic on canvas39 x 39.5in in(99.1 x 100.3 cm)
2014
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Filder Augustín Peña
La Tercera es La Madre SelvaAcrylic on canvas15.5 x 29.5 in(39.4 x 74.9 cm)
2013
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Filder Augustín Peña
La Cuarta Es Selva, Cosmovisión y UniversoAcrylic on canvas15.5 x 18 in(39.4 x 45.7 cm)
2018
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Filder Augustín Peña
La Mujer Curandera y el Hombre Jaguar CuranderoAyahuasca on fabric81 x 62 in(205.7 x 157.5 cm)
2018
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Filder Augustín Peña
El Circulo Del UniversoAyahuasca on fabric21.5 x 15.5 in(54.6 x 39.4 cm)
2019
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Filder Augustín Peña
El Circulo Del MaestroAyahuasca on fabric21.5 x 15.5 in(54.6 x 39.4 cm)
2019
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Filder Augustín Peña
La Meditacion De La ChacrunaAyahuasca on fabric21.5 x 15.5 in(54.6 x 39.4 cm)
2019
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Filder Augustín Peña
La Meditacion De La ChacrunaAyahuasca on canvas21.5 x 15.5 in(54.6 x 39.4 cm)
2019
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Gildar is pleased to present Filder Augustin Pena in the artist's first solo exhibition in the United States A Long Night’s Journey Into Day. This special presentation opens at Yes Ma’am projects in Denver, Tonight Friday, Sep 6that 8:00pm (401 S. Alcott) and runs through Sep 12th

The visionary paintings of Filder Augustin Peña (b. 1978) straddle visual and material worlds. A self-taught painter and indigenous Shipibo from Pucallpa, Peru, his symbolic works on canvas and fabric combine traditional Shipibo cosmology with a distinct contemporary awareness. Peña’s work centers around an “astral journey” embarked on during nocturnal shamanic sessions marked by encounters with spiritual entities in woodland, celestial and aquatic locations which animate the Shipibo mythology and partner the shaman during ceremonies.

Conceived in a ritual state Peña’s works transmit communal knowledge and symbolism while retaining distinct and highly individual stylistic qualities. Giving tangible expression to an experience that many of its practitioners deem ineffable, the artist employs existing Shipibo iconography expressed through an intuited process. Incorporating inventive compositions and use of materials, Peña has developed a compelling and powerful vocabulary.

Two groups of work on view in this exhibition represent material and stylistic polarities within the artist's thematic practice. The first series of canvases painted in a swirl of fluorescent and earth tones come together to form haptic compositions through contrasting palettes. Traditional keñe patterns, a hallmark of Shipibo textiles and design said to have been brought back to the tribe by Shamans during ayahuasca visions, surround various Shipibo iconographic figures, from the animistic, Anaconda (Ronin), Jaguar (Ino), vegetal (ayahuasca, chakruna, tobacco), terrestrial characters (shaman, curandera, Shipibo laypeople), and anthropomorphized elemental deities such as the earth  (Pachamama) or night sky transformed into a snakelike being. These works find lineage in fellow Peruvian, Pablo Amaringo who founded the Usko-Ayar school of painting in Pucallpa, which largely steers away from academic technique despite a familiarity with it. Peña’s images, while indebted in content, however, leave behind illusory depth for a more direct and graphic flatness dissolving barriers between foreground, background, figure and geometry.

The second group of graphic and muted tonal paintings might better be described in terms of drawing but for their use of a brush. Defined by bold line rather than color, these simplified images are rendered in pigments derived from the very ceremonial plants they depict. Imbued with the essence of their subject matter the large and small works emanate calm, soothing elements of the ceremonial experience as described by Peña in contrast to the bright and pulsing acrylic works transmitting its more active qualities.

Beginning in the night and ending often just before dawn, the traditional Shipibo ayahuasca ceremony can be described as a passage both in time and between states. Various egoic barriers may be encountered and overcome during this period of the earth's rotation as internal psychology surfaces to encounter various plant and spirit guides, with the shaman as the interfacing agent. Peña's evocative paintings offer entree into such a distinct vantage point, of an artist uniquely positioned as a link between frontiers unsee and visible, between night and day.

 

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Filder Augustín Peña (b. 1979) lives and works in Taray, Peru. His works have been exhibited at the Museo de la Nación in Lima (2007, 2017), and the museum of the convent Qoricancha in Cusco (2008 and 2018). He will have a forthcoming exhibition in 2019 at the Fonducion L'estrée Ropraz in Switzerland. 

 

Selected Works

  • Filder Augustín Peña
    La CuraciónAcrylic on canvas62.5 x 42.5in in(158.8 x 108 cm)
    2017
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  • Filder Augustín Peña
    El Nacimiento de la ArmoníaAcrylic on canvas39 x 39.5in in(99.1 x 100.3 cm)
    2014
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  • Filder Augustín Peña
    La Tercera es La Madre SelvaAcrylic on canvas15.5 x 29.5 in(39.4 x 74.9 cm)
    2013
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  • Filder Augustín Peña
    La Cuarta Es Selva, Cosmovisión y UniversoAcrylic on canvas15.5 x 18 in(39.4 x 45.7 cm)
    2018
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  • Filder Augustín Peña
    La Mujer Curandera y el Hombre Jaguar CuranderoAyahuasca on fabric81 x 62 in(205.7 x 157.5 cm)
    2018
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  • Filder Augustín Peña
    El Circulo Del UniversoAyahuasca on fabric21.5 x 15.5 in(54.6 x 39.4 cm)
    2019
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  • Filder Augustín Peña
    El Circulo Del MaestroAyahuasca on fabric21.5 x 15.5 in(54.6 x 39.4 cm)
    2019
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  • Filder Augustín Peña
    La Meditacion De La ChacrunaAyahuasca on fabric21.5 x 15.5 in(54.6 x 39.4 cm)
    2019
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  • Filder Augustín Peña
    La Meditacion De La ChacrunaAyahuasca on canvas21.5 x 15.5 in(54.6 x 39.4 cm)
    2019
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