Material Reinvention: New Approaches to Abstraction
Raul de la Torre about his artworks: In this series of works, I attempt to find the third dimension through the use of different materials. Initially, I removed paint from the artistic equation by slicing the works, combining canvas and paper with selected materials. Gradually, the slicing gained more importance. The result, however, although possessing more physical dimension, remained static and I realized paint was needed to provide freshness and movement. Embroidery provides another element as it created thick shadows with organic shapes. When combined with light, these shapes offer different views of the work to various observers. The technique I've employed attempts to eliminate the absolute imprint of the artist's hand. This permits the paint to be a major architect of the final result, giving it a life of its own. This results in infinite and timeless color combinations. In many cases, the different layers of color each represent a temporary state of mind, time, and even places and people.
Signature: Signed on front
Image rights: Artspace Warehouse
b. 1964, Barcelona, Spain, based in Los Angeles, CA, United States