Words – Julia Howland

Photos – Julia Howland

Irregular Hexagon, Gertrude Contemporary, 200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Walking into the collection of natural objects that is Irregular Hexagon elevates the naturalist in all of us and begs us to question the complexity of our own worlds. The visceral and warming colours allows for simplistic contemplation on the historical and cultural importance of Colombia. Narrowly escaping the depths of the unimaginable, Delcy Morelos and Gabriel Sierra bring us into a world that is humanistic yet precarious and offers insight into a world much greater than our own.

Entering Gertrude Contemporary introduces you to a meticulously placed installation that severs all ties with the materialistic. A creation that places you into nature, a slum, and a metropolis while forcing the viewer to discover more within its uncomplicated corners. As I walk through the rest of the gallery I find similar feelings within all of the pieces; an almost carpet like fabric twisted and twirled into a form that resembles roads, rivers, bark, or dare I say human viscera. This pattern is continued throughout, with neutrally exposed and positioned fabrics lining the walls and the floor. A series of carefully pattern canvas finds you at the rear of the gallery, reminding me of a sequence of DNA.

As part of a series that is showcasing around the world, Morelos and Sierra bring to Melbourne a sample of Colombian art and culture. Irregular Hexagon aims to displace you from the the tangled city and brings you into something equally as chaotic, yet with a sense that is purely and naturally Colombian.