This month, in a small space downtown, there is an exhibition I bet you’ve never heard of by an artist that I’m sure you don’t know, and it’s phenomenal. It’s moving, intimate, inspiring, and soulful. It’s a diamond in the rough and is the first exhibition by a humble Columbian artist named Cesar Rey. The show, “Lightness,” is an installation of the same name and is created from the heart. It is an experience that can be likened to meditation, where one travels to a watery dreamlike world occupied by peaceful, levitating beings that have condensed from the energy of their human counterparts. Soft music fills the air and shadows dance across the walls, invoking the same gentle, safe calm experienced by newborns or toddlers as they lay down to sleep.
Some people choose to remain as they are. The place they occupy feels comfortable and easy. Fear creeps in and they are unable to move. But it’s all that lies on the other side of that fear that shapes and molds, elevating us to new heights. When we are stripped of our comforts, we evolve. Our suffering becomes our salvation, for without it we could not reignite and empower ourselves within, leaving our inner spirit stronger than ever. This is what Rey and his artwork encourage. “Lightness” speaks and tells us to seek harmony, to float above, and to release what is heavy. It is a reminder that each and every one of us are magnificent points of light. We are all the same. We are all valuable. Even wire, once disposed of, can function as art. Seeing it as such only requires a shift in perception. Whether it is in this lifetime or the next, the light within us will never stop searching for perfection and peace within, because it knows, with absolute certainty, love begins and ends there. There is no stopping it. So release your grip, flow, and invite the scary shift. If we’re lucky, there will always be a Warhol on view or the possibility of catching a balloon sculpture (if you don’t have room for one near your pool) at Versailles to remind us from where we came.
“Lightness” is open to the public until May 11th at the Aluna Art Foundation, 172 West Flagler, Miami, FL. Please call ahead for times.
For a video preview of the exhibition go to http://vimeo.com/65702731.
A special thank you to Marcello Ibanez for his generous contribution to this article.