A friend of mine gave me a great article written about the late Robin Williams, written by Dave Cavett and published in Time, titled BOXING THE BLACK DOG.
The articles subject matter is particularly close to my recent work of late, about boxing our internal demons.
I suggest checking it out if you can get a copy, or my image is clear enough.
Oil on canvas/Óleo sobre tela
BACK TO BASICS
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Conversación con su propia sombra, 2014, Óleo sobre lienzo, 80x120cm
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I wrote this essay (there was a word limit) for a show, the question was to explain what contemporary painting was from my perspective, but I didn’t get accepted sadly, but feel free to read it, I would love to hear your thoughts and advice, especially since I feel I am not too good at this type of thing. xoxoxoxo
Heroism and the hero, 2014: In John Gregory’s book Carnival in Suburbia:The Art of Howard Arkley, his chapter The Heroism of Suburban Life discusses Baudelaire’s idea of ‘the heroism of modern life’ in relation to Australian painter Howard Arkley (1951-1999).
Gregory himself states that “a heroic vision is one that persuades us, through the force of its themes and style, that important issues are at stake”#.
While Gregory argues the important issues Arkley’s air brushed paintings of suburban life made, the theme of suburbia was a representation of the external world the artist saw and the affect it had upon us. Like Arkley, my personal practice uses the themes and styles of a heroic vision that Gregory mentions, but thematically differs from Arkley’s external world of suburban houses, instead referencing the internal world: the psychological processes and emotional responses to modern life.
Among the important issues that are at stake are the loss of control and instability. Thus, the heroic vision throughout my work is optimistic and spiritual in its aspirations. It aims at a sense of balance within a world that is often perceived as being chaotic, due to either the small details of everyday life or the greater concerns of the social and political, and the reaction one has in response to chaos, where aspects of anxiety, despair, and rage are just some of the reactions. Using myth and personal imagery, my work speaks to the viewer about a heroic way of living, where one manages stability within chaos, so that the issues which are at risk remain unwavering.
In the works proposed, the heroic vision Gregory speaks of can be seen in the situations of the protaginst who is represented as a fighter and a hero. The hero is accompanied by a dark form, an entity that within my work is seen as a shadow of ones psychological thoughts and emotional responses and shows my investigation of fight and struggle with the self, the hero and its reactions to the chaotic world. Not necessarily in order to form an allegory, the three works presented show different scenarios of the hero. Kick, 2014 shows the hero in combat with the shadow, the heroes temper becoming obvious and seen in retaliation from the foot that lashes into the shadow. Conversación con su propia sombra, 2014 shows the hero in a moment of rest and discourse with the shadow which has taken on a demonic like shape, the heroes boxing gloves resting by its side in an ambiguous room, while in La sombra de compasión, 2014, the hero seems almost defeated, only the halo of stars suggest any moment for positive outcomes, yet the shadow holds the hero with compassion, knowing that the two are one in the same and that destroying the hero would mean destruction of itself.
Contempory painting from my personal practice is the importance of the heroic vision: the hero in response to modern life and its struggles, from the minor to the complex, persuading the viewer about the value of the issues that are at stake, the risk of losing control amid chaos and an attempt at stability and balance within chaos. My work pertains to internal processes, be them emotional or psychological, which together with myth and personal symbolism speak about modern life in a current and universal context.
Sin Titulo (detalle) 2014, oil on canvas,