My artist friend Alicia Candiani brought two plates from her native Argentina to Kansas City. I have been to Argentina and I loved these maps. These maps are deeply personal to her but was kind enough to ket me use them in some of our collaborative pieces for our on-going Crossover project. I think I am ready to let these maps go but no without thanking Alicia for her open support and willingness to participate on this alternative project.
Personal Mimesis II
I have always admired the group of Spanish artists who migrated to Mexico during the Spanish civil war under Franco. Artists like Vicente Rojo explored the simplicity of geometry by separating watercolor and "Gouche" painting. This particular piece is an homage to his work.
This diptych was started back in 2008 using elements from my 2003-2008 series of works using collograph and etching. After engraving maps and viruses with laser, I started to see order again and a sense of direction by exposing paper through channels and watercolor.
Piece based on a multiplicity of maps first used by Spanish conquerors in addition to the unknown feeling on anxiety.
The Colombian Exchange
The summer of 2016 in Kansas City makes one think of the inhospitable environment Europeans faced while trying to populate or take over the entire continent. This piece was inspired by the colors of the products shipped to Europe from the Americas including Silver.
Dialogue Between Cities at Proyecto ACE
This is an installation piece result from my residency at Proyecto Ace in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2011.
The Problem with Sins
Mixed media on Arches paper, 16 x 24", 2016
Systems of Power, 2016
This is the first piece of the series that sat in my sketchbook for years. It tells the story of the compartmentalization of empirical and experience based knowledge. It also shows a concern for telling a story in a whole different way: Watercolor Drawing as a human endeavour first, followed by the precision of science (laser) and survey in the form of lithography last.
Symbols and Strata
16 x 24", Mixed Media on BFK paper, 2016.
Silver and Gold
16 x 36", Mixed Media on Arches paper, 2016.
16 x 24", Mixed Media on Arches paper, 2016.
This is one of those pieces that can help to push the envelop. It was the first piece that I treated with Laser drawing after layers of lithography printing. Opening up or removing layers of ink helped me to paint or dye with watercolor and gouache paint. This is not digital printing.
8 Bits/8 Octavos
16 x 24", Mixed media on Arches paper, 2016.
Laser, Drawing, Painting and Printmaking processes.