SANDRA VALENZUELA

BLACK OIL PAINTINGS

 

ImageBLACK OIL PAINTINGS* is an ongoing project of black  “paintings” which through the use of black over black depict logos of important oil companies around the globe. The paintings are made with materials coming from petroleum, therefore, establishing a relationship between symbol and matter. The project relates to power as an abstract entity. It makes reference to French Tachisme, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and the idea of darkness in Goya´s black paintings.  The project is a reflection upon the historical idea of the black painting as a dark depiction or the last stage of abstraction and containment of color. It also works in the tension between an abstracted perception of power, wealth and energy while at the same time a “familiar” symbol of the energy sources that play such an important role in the mobility and pace of the current world.

Brain in vogue alias Fashion Genius is a series of portraiture drawings taken from fashion illustrations of female garments with the faces of outstanding male individuals within the 20th century. The characters share the ability to intertwine different disciplines and drawn influential ideas within their fields. The projects relates to fashion, the diva, the power of ideas, and the image of the artist and intellectual. It is a runway but also a personal pantheon. The garments refer chronologically to important events in the geniuses lives. The series over stainless steal mirrors links the narcissism of the spectator with the idealized and feminized portrait of the character.  The power of the geniuses increases with the ability of the spectators to reflect over them.

Pearl is a photographic project documenting the work of a professional dominatrix with a background in criminal justice. Her academic background allowed her to play and interpret his work in manifold ways. The project intertwines Rembrandt’s chiaroscuro with Helmut Newton’s aesthetic of sadomasochism inside fashion. The audio is Pearl speaking about how she understands different kind of clients. It also shows the way in which the sadistic is also being dominated by the masochist, since the last one is the one paying to be mistreated and –sort of– establishes the ways in which he likes to be submitted. The power roles and the rules of the game are what transform the fantasy into a reality, the game intertwines power and desire within sexuality.

 

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