Ernesto Walker

 

Ernesto Walker (MX, 1982) Based in Monterrey (MX).

Walker’s artwork is characterized by the exploration of abstraction as a way to encode and visually translate the reality around us. Feeling attracted by the only partially understandable way in which human beings behaves in society, his pieces always keep some level of mystery, leaving the search for explanations in second place and promoting the exercise of contemplation as and end itself and not as a mean to something else.

He has 5 solo exhibitions and participated in 14 group exhibits, including 4 at an international level. His academic formation is on the field of humanities, with a bachelor degree in International Relations obtained in 2006. Parallel to his own production, he has occupied positions such as the Education Department Headship for the Glass Museum in Monterrey, within other private and public cultural projects.

Among other distinctions, he is recipient of the PACMyC fellowship given by the Arts and Culture National Council of Mexico (CONACULTA) as well as the FINANCIARTE production fellowship given by the State Arts Council (CONARTE). Since January 2011, he is professor of the School of Art, Architecture and Design of the Tec de Monterrey College.

The images in this portfolio represent a  project the Walker created in 2010.  It consists of a series of 12 medium format (55 x 75 cm) ink drawings working with the theme of the violence recently experienced in Mexico.  This experiment looks for a more serene and enigmatic point of view, creating a gap between the resulting abstract compositions and its original media context. The creative process begins with the research for explicit images from fire weapon confrontations released by the media. As a documentary, twelve pictures were chosen, one for each month of 2010. The patterns revealed by the bullet holes in the images are taken as a path for the construction of each drawing, resulting in compositions that are directly connected and conditioned by the circumstances of the event.  The artwork has an intimate relation to the topic and preserves its strength, while maintaining a distance from its usual morbid imagery.  At the same time, the images postulate the moment the country is passing through as a social process capable of generating valuable experiences: diamonds, for the maturity, awakening and transcendence of citizenship.