Jorge Pombo: Religare
Some years ago we stumbled with Pombo in its spacious and sunny studio in Brooklyn. He seemed to be exhausted and satisfied after peculiar battles: after deconstructing Velázquez and Tintoretto, he was taking heart, designing the maps of his -our- city and the new conceptual city of his new projects. We noted that he stood in the stratosphere of the designers of maps, reading the hidden message of the territories viewed from above. Some of us already suspected that Pombo began to read the message, the lines of the hand of the civilization, the furrows of the history, and from that height began to wonder about the origin and the reason of so many broken lines, of so much nonsense, of so many blind cities. The leap to “Re-ligare” was almost inevitable. The reflection on the religion and violence, the religion and the Division, the lack of dialog, the chaos, all led him to the possibility of utopia and the deciphering of hidden messages on the map and in the territory. Thus, Jorge tells us, starting from the cities of Jerusalem, Rome and Mecca how the alchemist wants to get the last principle, and from this, leads us to the question of the monotheistic religions division, to find the single encrypted message in relics and in the purifying fire. Jorge aims us to keep looking for this link, this ligament that unites us with the origin of the existence; or with the absolute nothingness.
The artistic reflection proposed by Religare is particularly apt today, in a time when religion is sometimes used as an excuse to use violence against others. An inhuman drama that has nothing to do with true spirituality. In these works Jorge R. Pombo places himself at the center of the symbols of the great monotheistic religions of our time which, although different, coexist harmoniously in this exhibition emphasizing the complementary nature of religious feeling experienced in its various forms. The artist focuses his attention on the true meaning of the relationship between the religions, and between religion and man: in these forms, this relationship is very strong. According to Pombo, there is nothing that cannot be united if God is the point of reference, the unifying factor.
The artist focuses his attention on the true meaning of the relationship between the religions, and between religion and man: in these forms, this relationship is very strong. According to Pombo, there is nothing that cannot be united if God is the point of reference, the unifying factor.
Prof. Gianni Baratta Director of the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano