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Interview with Artist Iván Navarro. Part 3/3 – Passion as Art. By We Are Our Choices.

In this last part, Iván Navarro talks about his passion as a teenager for underground concerts which at the time were both an expression of artistic freedom and a response to the ruling power. The artist pushes his passion for bootleg and vinyl up to launch his own label, Hueso Records, on which he signs an emblematic group of this period, the Pinochet Boys.

He then explains how he developed his knowledge of Light Art beyond the images he knew of artists like Dan Flavin or Keith Sonnier. Then how much traveling and discovering artists like Meyer Vaisman would broaden his horizons and give him self-confidence as an artist.

For Iván Navarro, all passion must at some point be approached and deepened seriously, this is the key to making it an art.

Iván Navarro spent his childhood and his teenage years under the Chilean dictatorship at its peak. During those years, Chileans discovered that people were murdered and tortured and began to protest against the power in place. In response, to maintain order and control the population, the government created blackouts ; plunging people into darkness and insecurity without electricity. Iván Navarro tells how he dealt with those issues, and we understand how light and privation of light was a major influence on his work. The artist also speaks about two of his mentors : Eduardo Vilches, a former student of Josef Albers, who taught him theory of color and Eugenio Dittborn from whom he learned how to be a professional artist by being his studio assistant. His artistic adventure will continue in New York where he will make his first major exhibitions after 7 years of work as an antiques restorer.

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More about Iván Navarro (books) :
Iván Navarro – Galerie Templon, Paris :
Iván Navarro – Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, 2012 :
Iván Navarro – Edizioni Charta Srl (2009):
Iván Navarro – COMMUNIC ART, 2007 :

Iván Navarro est un artiste chilien connu pour son travail conceptuel et son utilisation des lampes fluorescentes. Issu d’une famille engagée politiquement et soutenant Salvador Allende, il est né en 1972 à peine un an avant le coup d’État d’Augusto Pinochet en 1973. Dès lors, son père Mario Navarro professeur de graphisme et également connu sous le nom de Nakor, caricaturiste politique, perd son travail et arrête de faire des caricatures. Cette situation a d’abord incité Iván Navarro à ne pas s’engager dans une voie artistique. Attiré par l’artisanat et désireux de travailler de ses mains, Navarro souhaite apprendre la menuiserie. Le manque d’établissements d’enseignement dans ce domaine le contraint à choisir une formation en scénographie mais ses examens le mèneront à étudier l’art.

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