Jorge Alfonso Polanco Aguirre is a local artist on a mission to build up curiosity about his artwork by building up mystique. It took him seven years to produce the art pieces that will be featured in his upcoming exhibit “The Life of J” opening Aug. 5 at the International Museum of Art.
“I hope I’m in the beginning stages of it,” Aguirre said. “This should be a much longer project, and it is going to continue.”
We met briefly at the museum to discuss his exhibit and his motivations and intentions with his art. Cultivating a peculiar image, his dress shirt, tie, pants and shoes were all shades of blue. His beard was a little scraggly, but shaped in a way that made him look like a medieval sage. He says even his look is all part of the lead up to his exhibit.
In the follow-up email to our interview, he didn’t offer a glimpse of his artwork – only two shots of himself. During the interview, he only revealed that most of the artwork in his exhibit will be oil paintings with most based on moments from his life.
“All my artwork is personal; it’s all people around me, situations around me,” Aguirre said. “Everything I’ve felt.”
For this exhibit, Aguirre said he is intentionally limiting the amount of his artwork seen on the internet. In the age of instant media, it is hard for an artist to not use free platforms to showcase their work to the world, but Aguirre chose a different direction.
“The only thing that you’re able to see right now is a hint towards the upcoming gallery,” Aguirre said. “It’s that experience that I want you to feel. I don’t want it just to be another profile picture or another background picture. We’ve gotten to that level nowadays where it is just that.”
His website JPolancoGallery.com hardly has anything, only promoting the upcoming exhibit. There, he announces that the “full website” will be available once the exhibit opens.
Aguirre said taking a vow to take his art seriously and produce work with meaning has fueled the work featured in his exhibit.
“The difference between this and my works previous to this is that this all falls under one theme,” Aguirre said. “I don’t want to get that specific simply because I want people to come and see the show and feel it for themselves, not just hear about it or look at it through a photograph. There’s an experience to this as it was an experience to make those seven years.”