Magical Loops (Santiago, Chile – 2006)

Magical Loops

Man and magic. Primitive man’s nexus with magic is the natural expression of mankind’s need to connect us with the forces of nature.  With the pass of time, this relationship degraded, devalued, and downplayed to superstition. Reason prevailed over intuition and deprived us of the magic form of comprehension; a path to reach the world devoid of intermediaries that made us be and feel part of each and everything. We were left alone, deracinated, stripped of all links of belonging but to ourselves. My appeal to reencounter magic shall not be construed as a call that rituals of old should be restored, but to go back to the beginnings that are part of human essence and origin – so to reestablish our contact with the each and everything, to recover the perception of unity and capacity of wonder. I posit magic as constituent of conscience, reenchanting it with our eyes, and propose as only valid method to approach magic is direct experience without intermediaries.

I visualized this installation intending that the attraction of the powers of all colors, shapes, sounds, lights, and movements come freely forth to face us with the loops of magic and reendow us with the capacity of imagination.

María Angélica Ruiz-Tagle

As I get to the second floor of the Museum of beautiful Arts at the beginning of 2006, I came across an exposition of Keka Ruiz-Tagle. The room was entirely painted in black highlighting the other room, created to hold the work of art. The artist placed around the sculpture rectangular keyholes at different heights so the kids could see it better, this setup incites the spectator to move around its exterior to access the masterpiece through his eyes.

The act of looking through a hole is a natural act of the human being. What do we have behind the wall? From where comes that merry go round music? Those unknowns make the spectator move towards the keyholes and focus the attention to different points.
What do they see inside? It is the harmony between an interior world that moves around the sound of the music? At the center of the space, a big horse standing in a circular platform holds a ballerina on her toes. In the walls around the ballerina, we see life size figures moving at the same rhythm as the ballerina.

This masterpiece reminds you explicitly the work of Seurat on his piece named “The Circus” of 1890. In that painting also there is a girl balancing on to p of a horse that moves around a track.

The work of art that Keka Ruiz-Tagle created is a fantasy coming from an art that primarily targets children’s world, where the imagination of the receptor transform this movement into more movement and the lifeless turns to real.

Gaspar Galaz C.

Presentation MIM to work

The MIM, since its inception looking recover to their surprise visitor, through innovative proposals, interactive and playful, so count on the book tour Magic, the Chilean artist Keka Ruiz-Tagle, is an excellent opportunity to realize our proposal. This work is an installation art that meets all of these components. The power of their colors, shapes, sounds, movements and lighting leads the visitor to enjoy the experience of playing.

The exhibition is an invitation to regain the senses and imagination, through the simple exercise of seeing, hearing and go physically a huge music box, filled with beautiful figures recovered from the images that populate the world of childhood, with colorful circus acrobats, beautiful dancers and a mythical blue horse. All figures revolve, as haunted, the son of a beautiful melody of our great Violeta Parra, flooding the entire space impregnated with magic, which if it were a sort of kaleidoscope of sensations.

Magical Loops is a work that is designed to be enjoyed by children, youths and adults, each spectator chooses its “window” from which builds its particular look.

Jacqueline Weinstein L.

Childhood is revived in a Slideshow of Keka Ruiz-Tagle

At the National Museum of Fine Arts, Room Chile, an artist with almost twenty years of experience has built a mobile installation, painting and foremost fresh personnel. In effect Keka Ruiz-Tagle provides an escort of twelve characters among buskers and figures to a ballet dancer and juggling his steed. Both occupy the centre of a circus ideal. If black is wing track, its center red and white wall of the arena, multicolored dress is the comparsa, while the pink dancers poses a horse on the blue paint of the foot, all of them, young people revolve without stopping, to the beat of tender resonances of a music box. That could not be better chosen for this kind of carousel color.

However, the show must be seen from outside. There has warned that from the imagery of the paintings feature more refined, is awarded to the successful projection three-dimensional sculptural central partner, while the showy companions are silhouettes painted on its two sides. Peephole at various altitudes, according to the ages of man, let join the spectacle. Through the eye and the ear, the ability of remembrance can reach up to touch with this joyous evocation of the fantasy world of childhood and early youth.

Waldemar Sommer