My Black Paintings. An installation and five paintings.

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My Black Paintings

My Black Paintings

My Black Paintings


Images of a virtual exhibition

The body of work "My Black Paintings" - a big installation and five large-format paintings - is a meta-artistic project that approaches and re-signifies European painting from 9th to 19th century by contextualizing it in a contemporary setting both in terms of conceptual treatment and as visual language and technical execution.

The installation that gives its name to the whole project consists of 162 pages from a book with art reproductions from the Prado Museum, each of which with a spray paint intervention. It inquires into different questions of classical painting like the idiosyncrasy of its protagonists, the composition of the pieces or the chromaticism employed. It does so by focusing on the painting's essential elements, the faces, seen from a front perspective or three quarters and cut out and framed in a square that stands out on the surface painted in black, alluding to the action of tagging a person on Facebook or other social network sites.

The five paintings, all on Dutch linen, focus the subject on a contemporary approach of appropriation and re-signification thus nullifying its historical context. Some book pages are like a pillar of a new creation and respecting its proportions, orientation and compositional structure they reconstruct in a minimalist style the work they represent, reaching much further than just a narrative recreation. Incorporation of photographic transfer of selfies and other photographs from Internet completes the process, creating a new image with strong formal connection to works by artists like Joseph Beuys, Berlinde De Bruyckere and Phyllida Barlow.


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