Press Release

Blinded by Omnipotence

ARTIST STATEMENT

 

By juxtaposing images, I explore the tension and dialogue between desperate images so that a synchronized, hybrid third entity appears in the work. I use images that combine iconography from both American and Cuban cultures, in particular political caricatures, advertisements, and children stories. The images are familiar yet at the same time foreign and at times antagonistic and humorous. I use images that speak of an ambivalent nostalgia. The paintings combine an impending danger blinded by its own omnipotence with the oblivious sounds of maracas at a festive party. They are narrative, yet the story is suspended with no end in sight. The works are merrily ambiguous navigating through a stream of consciences.

 

Juan Carlos Quintana 5/04