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Por Mariam F. Moratinos
La idea de espacio que nos sugiere la ciudad, a veces mágica y misteriosa, puede convertirse en fantasía personal, hasta convertirse en un reflejo de un mundo interior repleto de memorias, sueños, instintos, obsesiones, mitos y deseos.
Inauguración: Jueves 12 de abril a las 20:00 horas
Fechas: 12 de abril al 19 de mayo de 2007
Marian Moratinos: The Artificial Order
April 12 – May 19
On behalf of 511 Gallery, we are pleased to present new work by Spanish artist Marian Moratinos in her second solo exhibition with the gallery, entitled The Artificial Order. Moratinos presents a re-vision of the New York City experience through her layered compositions. Each work captures a fragmented view of the “metropolis,” offering a conceptual approach to examining the diversity, architecture, noise, and people of New York.
In this series, fragmented, serialized and recurrent images of the city are combined with human figures against silhouettes of trees and branches. Moratinos explores this conceptual view of the city through digital photography, incorporating methods of silkscreen, painting and drawing. In The Artificial Order, the artist returns to the urban setting, which she excavated in her earlier series of The Metropolis Project. However, it is in these new works that Moratinos incorporates color into her usual compositions of stark blacks, grays, ivories and whites, thus advancing her technique and energizing the imagery within. Blues, oranges, reds and yellows increase tension between the various layers of images, while playfully juxtaposing the negative and positive space. Various groups of multi-layered silkscreens over aluminum, mixed media installations and wall panels capture digital stills of a pulsing New York street scene. These pulsations take on vein-like extensions in the forms of superimposed images of tree branches whose rhythmic shapes reflect the pace of the of the busy streets and vast web of buildings, which form New York’s daily habitat.
Representing a view of the bustling vision of the “metropolis,” Moratinos calls attention to both the chaos and order of the city. While the pulse of the city is often chaotic, there also exists an imposed order by New York’s grid-like layout and constrictive architecture. As a distant observant, Moratinos filters reality and manipulates the imagery, inventing a new landscape and an artificial order that she seeks and imposes
Marian Moratinos studied at the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia. She has been the recipient for a digital image printmaking grant through the Miró Foundation as well as the Palma Rotary Club Plastic Arts Grant and the Education and Creation Grant Pilar Juncosa. The artist has exhibited widely throughout Europe, with solo exhibitions at Astarté Gallery in Madrid, Luroa Gallery in the Canary Islands and Altair Gallery in Mallorca, Spain. Moratinos currently lives and works in Mallorca, Spain.