“Comprised of a series of paintings and works on paper produced over the previous year, the most recent work of Javier Areán (Mexico, 1969) departs from contemporary publications and historical archives – most of them from the 1950s – that document abandoned automobiles at different stages of deterioration.
On occasion, the cars remain in that particular state of calmness that follows an accident or natural disaster, while in others, they become a part of the landscape as a result of abandonment and the passage of time. Deprived of their utility and function, these cars are objects that dwell in our memory as evidence of an interrupted destiny.”
Areán returns to Cambodia for the second time to participate and support the Print Workshop at the Royal University of Fine Arts. This is his second show at Java Gallery, the first in 2007 which featured a series of portraits—some intimate and some based on recovered family photos. He ran a workshop on self portraiture at Svay Ken’s home and studio with artists: Svay Ken, Chhuop Sopheak, Soumey, Khvay Samnang, Lam Soueng, and Chhan Dina. The works were shown at JavaArts Space and later at The Arthouse in Siem Reap in the same year.