(They tell me of darkness but I am dazzled by the light)
Gabriel Chaile has recently emerged as one of the most vital artists of his generation, developing a visual language equally rooted in ancient and modern forms, indigenous craft and social advocacy. For this new series of unique drawings, Chaile’s process of working in white chalk over a charcoal ground allows him to pull mystical forms from the darkness.
Drawing is essential to Chaile’s artistic practice as a means to study ancient sculptural objects as part of his archaeological and anthropological research into South American indigenous cultures. While capturing the metamorphosis found in many pre-Columbian motifs, from figuration to abstraction, Chaile forms a new paradigm that melds history, our present and the future.