Ramses Rodríguez Olaya (Mexico, D.F., 1981-)

Take me back to Jupiter
Drawing, Hand-cut paper

November 24th, 2007 - January 12th, 2008

 

At the Seventy's -1970- the Rock Stars used to use Mars and the space trips as metaphors to differentiate between the Rock world and their dawning home life.  Elton John, David Bowie, Lou Reed introduced that image into the collective unconscious. Mars was a vice place where the fantasies became in fact in spite of the high cost involved in fulfilling them, it was absolutely not a proper place to live in family. The perfect example of that double life was portrayed in The Rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust (1972) of David Bowie. In this song, he portrays the Rock Star like a Martian - like an alien- and by its own excesses its celestial investiture is destroyed, the one, that took him to the fame from the beginning.
After twenty years later, the musician Paco Huidobro invokes that artificial paradise with the same revitalized figure. Regrésame to Jupiter | Take me back to Jupiter born in 1993, once again the metaphor is present, adding nostalgia, frustration and of course lack of affection. Along with Fobia, Paco Huidobro  has been for 20 years in the continuous game of the lack of affection, of the abandonment to side of his fantastic personages, that came from the entrails of some psychedelic drug. Asking himself for a time that never was.
Illustrationg that feeling Ramses R. Olaya (1981 -) draws from a unknown world, a time of which any sign of memory is an invention of his head. The very first video game machines, Air Force One snickers, Transformers and Spiderman, all coexist in a constant orgy of forms and materials, as if Ramses knew them thoroughly, when what he knows is an improbable melancholy.
Using complex games that allude to the drawing like a recreation, unfolding the internal, catharsis of the lack of affection and the maturity. Ramses R. Olaya explores the drawing materials - sharps, brushes, inks, knives and all kind of supports - from Millimetric paper to simple bond paper- like an infinite game where it creates worlds where everything is possible. Worlds where his true and invented memories can coexist. Impossible geometries and spaceships are of the numerous elements that compose that space trip where Ramses R. Olaya finds relief to his preoccupations. A refuge where the world does not reach him, so far as Jupiter, where you cannot trust an angel, but to the tears that bath the pain in order to renew the path. Reviving like Ziggy Stardust and ascending to the Sky and starting over. Destroying oneself as many times as necessary to begin creating again -obviously at Rock rhythm-.

 

By Carlos De La O.  (Mexico) 

 

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