“Altar” is one of the paintings I’ll show in Amsterdam next month, as part of the Co-Existence stARTup exhibition organized by In4art
This painting (Acrylic on Canvas, 65 cm x 81 cm) is an altar for our contemporary gods: The invisible Cloud, the omnipresent WiFi, the cult of the “like”, the drones, the smartphones, the apps, the hyperconnectivity, the overstimulation…
Like a “Wunderkammer” or a “Cabinet of curiosities”, this painting is a collection of icons and symbols present in our global culture governed by social media and the use of the internet.
In the center of the painting the reference to the symbol of the Burning Man (Annual gathering in the US, experiment with community and arts, music festival, self-expression), representing the dream of freedom of our generation.
The legs of the table are the elegant triangle fractals called Sierpinski triangle, representing how we build logic from randomness trying to make sense of both the universe and ourselves.
A dialogue between order and chaos.
The need of fantasy, the desire of living in a child’s like world (represented by the: unicorn, rabbit head, minion, balloons, party decoration), the need of ancient beliefs, superstition, mystical and spiritual connection (lucky charms, talismans, Maneki Neko, angels, dreamcatcher, chakras, yoga practice, buddhist praying flags, chinese zodiac (2017 year of the rooster, yin yang, etc) and at the same time the devotion to scientific progress, automatisation, newest technological widgets (apple watch, drones, google maps, etc)
I’m interested in identifying a common visual and cultural language that exists nowadays worldwide: Apps, Ikea furniture, computers interface, green and healthy smoothies, gluten free cupcakes and starbucks latte grande.
And you can always press the Off button in the center of the green carpet to shut down everything.
If you want to see more images of the creative process of this piece click here.
Photos by @galopbcn