Thursday, September 18, 2008

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Roots of Surrealism

These are few examples I selected/extracted/scanned from old books (in a Dadaesque process maybe)  that show ancient imagery. 
These images and subsequent ones (mostly by Hieronymus Bosch ) eventually fed the surrealist aesthetic*. I think this movement was not a total rupture from western art but the highest expression of an ever present, yet subjacent, way to see the world. Just beautifully mad. 

Surrealism is based on the belief in the superior reality of certain forms of previously neglected associations, in the omnipotence of dream, in the disinterested play of thought. It tends to ruin once and for all other psychic mechanisms and to substitute itself for them in solving all the principal problems of life.


Thursday, May 22, 2008

Princeps Legibus Solutus Est.

John Yoo writing the torture memos. It means: 'The Emperor is exempt from the laws'
basado en dibujo de Goya: "Contra el bien general" (Against the common good) Plate 71 de la serie "Los desastres de la guerra" c. 1810.
La frase en latin proviene de
Ulpianus libro Xlll ad legem Juliam et Papiam. Digest 1.3.31.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Pseudo-Ethnic Architecture

Waiting for God-ot


The original was very disturbing... why is a pot full of flowers in the middle of a field? who put it there and where is she/he? Did something terrible happened? why only use one color? I bought it for the frame and to paint over the canvas but I decided to add another image to explain/scream/color the scene with social commentary. From a political point of view, it is a slap in the face of innocence (or the reluctance to see beyond the propaganda we are fed each day). The are brute forces surrounding our landscape of apparent benevolent settings. If we don't realize to discover the real machinations of the powerful we will suddenly be awaken by a shock. Not a nuclear flash per se, but by more pervasive and immediate events... the loss of our basic rights, the economic crisis, the plundering into a war for resources and power, the rape of earth, the sacrifice of our future generation by the greed of the few.

Evil ways

This painting was made from a recycled canvas. It represents a violent militaristic attack on beauty and peace.

Tempus Fugit for Sin

Recycled Clock using Hieronymus Bosch. Tabletop of the Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things.
1485. Oil on panel. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain.
Tempus Fugit = Time flies.
Bought the clock for $1 at Urban Ore. Removed the plate with the numbers. Painted the frame in gold. Pasted a reproduction of Bosh's work (which I saw recently at Prado). Painted the Roman numbers. It gives me the time in my bedroom. It's always time to sin!!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Making sadness sadder.. or is it fun? - INTERVENTION

Bought it at Urban Ore for $2. It felt like sadness waiting to happen. It lacked the dramatic detail to explain it's existence.

I added the rusty sunken ship. Now makes total sense. I hope "Sophy" doesn't mind.

Tsunami mon ami

Waiting for the giant wave to get rid of Murakami's garbage.
I got so revolted after seeing Murakami's exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum of Modern Art that I decided to do something using a traditional Japanese art. I choose Katsushika Hokusai's The Great Wave off Kanagawa (color woodcut, 25.7 × 37.8 cm, 1832). He is one of the greatest painters of all time. RESPECT!!!

art in public places

I am sorry.. call me crazy but I think they are fucking cool..

bug out!

I love bugs.. the creepier the better. The Peruvian jungle warmed me to these tasty fellows.. mmm hormigas gigantes fritas.. ninfas de avispa en mantequilla.. mmmm delicioso. Hey! its the circle of life and the food of the future.

Super DJ

Two hard drives with their guts inside out.
The frame of a broken cell phone.
random metal stand of god knows what.
Electrical unit with cables protruding.

This gal/guy is awesome. It spins so fast looks like it has 4 arms. The body is not important it's the mind. I wish I was a DJ. I have friends that are.. and really good ones. Check DAYoung, FaviFav in Oaktown and Rubber Band Girl at KALX. This is for them..

How to make a Pollock using a Murakami

Start with this piece of crap by Murakami:

Then ad a little of Mifune.. 
leave him alone for few seconds....

and voilá!!! A decent Pollock.

That's how art should be made..

New York - Before and After (cement)

They are only few yards apart...

Walking the Dog

When I was in Paris there were tons of old people with dogs. They were so proper and bourgeois. I imagine them a century ago and made this with random electric parts. I didn't modified anything just put them together.

State of the art

The biggest rooms at the SFMOMA are for the San Francisco "school" of Abstract Expressionism. Don't take me wrong I a big fan of the AE per se but I think the works of the SF "branch" is just overrated and it hangs on important walls just because of nepotism or social connections. 
So, in the hope that someday the good old folks that are paid big bucks to work as curators for their rich patrons, would made me "rich and famous", I made these delicious works:

In the worst case, I'll just eat the whole damned thing and enjoy it. Only Hofmann, Pollock, Rothko, de Kooning are invited. 

No Gas Today.. or ever

Montage digital. Resumen visual de las noticias cotidianas... la guerra continua (that is a humvee blown by an IED in case you wonder) , greed is wining. The world goes to the trash. Not very cheerful but real.

Solo en la Cancha

Metal and plastic mounted on a very old plastic-felt and wood film drier. All recycled materials.
El jugador de futbol que no tiene con quien jugar es una metafora sobre la ansiedad de la soledad y un libido acumulado. (check the screw protruding). CReo que es mi trabajo mas frio y conceptual hasta hoy.


This work is a digital intrusion onto another mediums (in this case silkscreen and publishing).
This silly image has 5 layers of individual colors overlapping. I scanned each color proof (the blue, red, yellow, and teal) from an old silkscreen manual and used Photoshop to mount them onto a white background (my digital paper).
The result is the same as the traditional in visual terms but there is an intervention, an extra element that makes it totally different: a despicable act of vandalism.. and provocation.