El Paraíso (The Paradise),2017 Rust on canvas Variable dimensions

El Paraíso (The Paradise),2017 Rust on canvas Variable dimensions

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El Paraíso (The Paradise) is a series of abstract paintings of iron oxide. The rust turned pigment was collected from scrapped auto parts that the artist found in junkyards located in an area known as “El Paraíso” (The Paradise) in Zimatlán, Oaxaca. The different formats and placement of these paintings are a reference to cars and car parts such as doors or windows and the way their display is organised in junkyards. These cars, brought into the country by Mexican immigrants, are used in place of much needed but unattainable tractors and sophisticated agricultural equipment. The paintings– sometimes a clear brown square but often a multilayered and profoundly dark shape– stand in contrast with its pristine supports. This contraposition translates the fundamental inequality of power relations in developing nations to a formal expression of canonical painting in which the products of obsolescence

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