From Chaco to the world

Milo Lockett: an artist works reflect visual and concrete simplicity, who responds to his public because he is persuaded that art enables looking at reality with a different outlook.

Lockett’s works are known in Switzerland, Germany and the United States. He distributes his time between his workshop and solidary actions in the wichi and pilaga communities.

It’s quite probable that most readers, when they hear about the artist Milo Lockett will associate his name to English or North American geography, or the latitude once fancies. But the same isn’t likely to happen to many of those who inhabit the Argentinean North-East, because Milo Lockett is ours, but above all he is a ‘Chaqueño’, and he is currently one of the most important representatives of local art.
He was born in Residencia 40 years ago, but for the first 30, he didn’t dedicate himself exclusively to his primary vocation. Apart from being a gardener and growing vegetables, he spent his energy in the clothing business, with quite good perspectives. However, the crisis of 2001 allowed him to understand that he had to take a leap and come into contact with those things that move him.
He defines himself as self-taught, although during his childhood and adolescence he took part in art workshops in his province. This enabled him to be free from prejudices concerning his art, which we see today in his works: an art that is mostly linked to the primitive aspects of man, and above all, to his roots.
Milo Lockett’s work is pure reminiscence of those days when simplicity and fullness were predominant, where everything was positive energy and strength, aspects that are closer to the originary of the native.
The construction of his image is simple, as simple as the scribbled drawings that only children are capable of giving. Colours are full, there are no “half tones” because they don’t mix themselves, not even with the grays, they are shinning colors. When Milo draws the line one can feel the certainty that this is precisely what has to be, no more, no less; there’s only one possible line and it has an unavoidable strength.
Another element that stands out is the presence of writing. Words have an important role in the image because thanks to them one can discover the simplicity of what the artist wants to convey; in this act he does nothing more than facilitating the spectator’s possible interpretation of his work, with words that speak of everyday things, of what is common. Through this he recognises and underscores the importance the spectator has for every artist. Without them the work wouldn’t be that, it would be nothing. He also gives priority to the social aspect: he travels the North-East visiting the native communities to carry out art workshops. He also makes mural paintings with kids, which facilitates everyone to share their capabilities.
That is Milo Lockett. An artist works reflect visual and concrete simplicity, who responds to his public because he is persuaded that art enables looking at reality with a different outlook.
His works can be seen permanently in Teresa Anchorena’s gallery and in his recently inaugurated gallery in the junction of Cabrera and Humbolt, in the Palermo neighbourhood of Buenos Aires.
Cecilia Martínez. Article published in Ciudad Nueva magazine.


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