Aimee JOARISTI, Costa Rica / meet the artist

Siempre me ha interesado el juego de planos, las profundidades y la superposición de realidades. En mi adolescencia, lo representé figurativamente, a través de un tablero de ajedrez; hoy, el mismo tema y sus dobleces, reaparece en el mismo mundo de intereses creados, y el tablero de ajedrez vuelve, plano sobre plano, utilizando juegos de luz y sombra.”
 Aimée Joaristi Eres española, costarricense y cubana. En qué orden? Cómo influye cada orígen a tu trabajo? Si el orden de los factores no afecta el producto, soy … [Read More...]

Chakaia BOOKER b. 1953

Sculptor Chakaia Booker fuses ecological concerns with explorations of racial and economic difference, globalization, and gender by recycling discarded tires into complex assemblages. Booker began to integrate discarded construction materials into large, outdoor sculptures in the early 1990s. Tires, resonate with her for their versatility and rich range of historical and cultural associations. Booker slices, twists, weaves, and rivets this medium into radically new forms and textures, which easily withstand outdoor environments. For … [Read More...]

Karla SOLANO b. 1971

Karla Solano is one of the artists who has been consistently working with photography. Until very recently, in Costa Rica this medium was limited to traditional works and Solano's presence together with a young generation of artists is challenging the art scene of Costa Rica. The territory of nature in Karla Solano's work is the human body, particularly her own. For a long time she has used x-rays as a means of metaphorically analysing her own self. In later works, her own body having undergone changes due to maternity, a … [Read More...]

Javier MARTEN, Costa Rica / meet the artist

Don’t think, paint just paint and the forms will come after Lary Poons De arquitecto a arquitecto paisajista y de ahí a artista abstracto. Hay cierta poesía en esa evolución, cuéntanos ¿una cosa te condujo a la otra o todo convivía en ti inicialmente? Siento que todo convivía inicialmente, empecé con el arte desde pequeño, mi formación profesional empezó en arquitectura y después arquitectura paisajista. Retomé el arte hace 4 años con y así fusioné el arte, arquitectura y naturaleza. Si tuvieras que escoger un solo … [Read More...]

Maria Alejandra Garzón b. 1989 – SUNTUOSA VULGARIDAD

El bordado es un oficio complejo y delicado y como todo trabajo manual revela virtudes. El deseo de revelar una virtud es para mi un acto erótico, aun más la virtud de las manos. Mis bordados tienen connotaciones sexuales, fueron creados para satisfacer un deseo, pues solo podría invertir una gran cantidad de tiempo en imágenes que despertaran todo mi interés y curiosidad. Y aunque aprendí a bordar siguiendo un código estético clásico al cual me apego en muchas formas, la frivolidad de mi oficio era algo que no iba conmigo. Mis … [Read More...]

John CURRIN b.1962

  John Currin's ambitious paintings seduce, repel, surprise, and puzzle. His masterful technique is achieved through the scrutiny and emulation of thompositional devices, graphic rhythms and refined surfaces of sixteenth and seventeenth century Northern European painting, while his eroticized subjects exist at odds with the popular dialogue and politics of contemporary art. With inspirations as diverse as Old Master portraits, pin-ups, pornography, and B-movies, Currin paints ideational yet challengingly perverse images of … [Read More...]

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Imprégnate de arte. Lee libros, visita museos, galerías, ferias de arte, suscríbete a revistas, apúntate a listas de correos de galerías y museos para recibir invitaciones a eventos especiales, lee blogs… Investiga a fondo. Una vez detectados tus gustos, adéntrate en más detalle conociendo técnicas, materiales,  obras y currículos de los artistas que te interesen. Hazte presente en el mercado del arte. Hazte ver y que te vean, acércate a charlar con galeristas, curadores e incluso artistas, ellos están para ayudar, … [Read More...]

Sarah DUETH b.1974

If eyes are the windows to the soul, artist Sarah Dueth is one of our more unsettling glassblowers. In her voluminous “Girls” series, Dueth paints children whose bodies melt outward from glazed, haunted, world-weary eyes. Her elegant, eerie paintings—nearly 50 of them in total—are equal parts Gustav Klimt and Tim Burton, full of stark, imposing figures anchored by spectral glares. Their faces are raw glimpses into the unease of childhood, the discomfort of growing pains and the embarrassing memories that shape us even as adults. One … [Read More...]

Jason MARTIN b.1970

A young British artist, Mr. Martin paints by covering largish surfaces of stainless steel, aluminum and plexiglass with (usually) a single color of oil paint; he then pulls a fine, sometimes specially made comblike tool across the wet paint, creating striations that move up and down according to various intervals and rhythms. The electric-blue glide of ''Patrol'' wavers only slightly but nervously and consistently, like the results of lie-detector tests taken by the guiltless or dozens of flat-lining heart monitors. The marigold … [Read More...]

Carolina ANDRADA b.1982

 “Seeing in the Woods” is a title that does not refer to María Zambrano’s clearings in the woods (nor to Martin Heidegger’s “Lichtung”) but to an open form of perception. It is a kind of perception that has been opened up or formed in the landscape of images in my own emotional memory. Let me explain: my landscapes are not a description of a physical territory. They are to a certain extent, as there are recognisable elements in them: a particular castle, a kind of tree, the shape of a fairy’s or a dancer’s slipper. They describe a … [Read More...]

Magdalena Abakanowicz: “Faces which are not portraits” (2004-2005)

The drawing series offers the vestige of a human face as a response to the headless figures that haunt the gallery. Egg shapes, echoed in other drawings, become phantoms of the human face. While the faces in this series reflect some of Abakanowicz’s features, they confront the viewer as depressed or terrified existential masks with hollowed eyes, sometimes expressing a deeply detached sense of withdrawal and inwardness. Their graphic power resides in the artist’s use of brusque strokes of black and white gouache that grasp at … [Read More...]

Martin KLINE b.1961

    The ingenious use of encaustic -- dry pigments mixed with molten wax -- gives Martin Kline not only his painterly medium but his subject matter as well, in that the thick built-up surfaces of his panels, amazing in their accreted detail, have a materiality that is quite as sensuous as their imagery. By repeated brushing, he builds his motifs layer by layer, as in ''Mirage'' (1999), whose rough, ridged, overall pattern of dirty white strokes on brown closely resembles a tree lichen, and the mural-size ''Joy!'' (2002), an … [Read More...]

Cai GUO-QUIANG b.1957

Cai Guo-Qiang is an artist using elements assigned to tradition who develops a contemporary work, thus demonstrating a dialogue between past and present. Difficult to classify, his work teaches us that the important thing is not always what is said, but how it is said. The artist offers a cryptic proposal that may be difficult for the spectator to understand, but that directly connects with the human heritage of the local communities where he stages his events. Drawing from eastern philosophical references he applies western … [Read More...]

Juan Baraja

Juan BARAJA b.1984

  As you make your way through the cathedral, in an almost inexplicable manner, you are filled with pride, with a subtle patience and feel a heartbreaking rush toward that deep heaven that is promised by so many, running away from the carnal whilst desperately seeking to find the divine. Without these purposes in mind I move ahead through the cement factory, finding places that have to do with the idea pursued in the Christian temple, that are far from the religious concept, but more relevant to the formal aspects of the building. … [Read More...]

Lyle STARR b.1962

Lyle Starr takes 2-D design to sumptuous extremes. With meticulous care, he paints fields of overlapping silhouettes: flat, seemingly translucent shadows of animals, human figures, cartoon characters, cars and trucks, plants and bugs. Where these shapes overlap, colors mix and you have the kaleidoscopic illusion of disembodied transparencies layered in an indeterminately shifty and luminous space. Color schemes vary from canvas to canvas: the irregular patterning of mossy greens, woody browns and grays in ''Woodpile'' resembles … [Read More...]

Magdalena ABAKANOWICZ b.1930

   "I feel overwhelmed by quantity where counting no longer makes sense. By unrepeatability within such quantity. A crowd of people or birds, insect or leaves, is a mysterious assemblage of variants of a certain prototype, a riddle of nature abhorrent to exact repetition or inability to produce it, just as a human hand can not repeat its own gesture". Magdalena Abakanowicz for many years has dealt with the issue of "the countless". Each of her figures is an individuality, with its own expression, with specific details of … [Read More...]