Víctor Palacios, curator
The Lake, the Thunder, the Wind is based on two hexagrams from I Ching or The Book of Changes (1000-750 BC), an oracular and symbolic book consisting of 64 episodes or hexagrams formed by a binary code, exactly like human DNA.
The first hexagram is 17, Sui – Adhesion or Loyalty (above: The Joyful, The Lake/ below: That which rises, the Thunder) “Adhesion has a supreme triumph. Perseverance sustains. There is no guilt. In autumn the electricity withdraws back into the earth and rests. Thunder in the middle of the lake indicates a time of darkness and rest. No situation can be favorable if we do not adapt ourselves to it and resist it wrongly.”
The second hexagram is 28, Ta Kuo (above: The Joyful, The Lake/ below: The Soft, The Wind) “It is an exceptional situation and time; therefore extraordinary measures are required. It is necessary to find a transitional path as soon as possible and start acting. The time in which grandeur has preponderance is a decisive time.”
The works on display symbolically evoke several elements: the four elements and the quintessence, the tree of life, seven openings of the heart, the two hexagrams mentioned above accompanied by their equivalent in Mayan glyphs and seven energy vortexes, as well as a numerological portrait of Carl Gustav Jung with the Mayan numerical system and a textile work that alludes to sheepskin, related to an energetic practice as a path to individuation. All these elements are on a subtle level present in the human body, and connect with an ancestral aspect of knowledge.
The main idea is that the room be a silent space that activates at an energetic level that which sleeps in the unconscious.
Hence, Isa Carrillo summons us to an experience of unhurried introspection, of psychic therapy to generate through sensory enjoyment and aesthetic experience — in the midst of the daily maelstrom — a strange but profound desire to perceive the interior and to perceive that which is far from being explicable or verifiable from a logical or scientific approach. Let us then allow the substances, materials and energetic fields gathered here to act. This is the only instruction.