Joaquin Restrepo is a sculptor from Colombia that specializes in bronze and iron. He has exhibited his work in the United States, China, Mexico and Colombia. Restrepo was scheduled to bring some of his work for exhibit at the Lake County Museum of Art this summer, but that has been cancelled due to the travel restrictions. While he cannot be here in person, we do hope you enjoy this virtual exhibit “Amor Fati” from Joaquin Restrepo. We’re sorry to miss out on experiencing this incredible exhibit in person!
Pause, as a transformative idea, is filled with new meaning in the face of the current circumstances. How to make sense of inconceivable scenarios, collectivized emotions, and overlapping needs? Amor Fati, by Joaquin Restrepo (1984), builds a setting for the free gathering of multiple meanings of existence.
«My formula for greatness in a human being is Amor Fati: that one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backward, not in all eternity. Not merely bear what is necessary, still less conceal it—all idealism is mendacity in the face of what is necessary—but love it.»
– Friedrich Nietzsche.
Since the lockdown, the Carpe Diem of the previous days is exhibited superfluous. Amor Fati stands on its own, tall, and unrivaled. It is an invitation for experimental transcendence, which opens a place for the convulsive and personal narrative, as an encounter that inhabits one’s own past and future, with the use of digital platforms for its embodiment.
Restrepo presents us with an exploration of his work through virtual spaces, as a manifestation of his interest in Art and Technology, enabling new spaces for encounters with technique and the meanings he projects with his pieces. Furthermore, space itself serves as imagery of those other places that art takes, in its vocation to share the insights which the artist perceives about realities.