Valley of Sun 2019

In The Valley of the Sun, watercolor, gouache, and acrylic works on paper combine landscape and geometric abstraction to reimagine what progress and modernity might look like in another Latin America. Named in honor of Sogamoso, Colombia--"City of the Sun" to the Muisca, one of Colombia's indigenous peoples. The Valley of the Sun uses a speculative visual vocabulary to envision what regions threatened by extractive capitalism might look like under different, more equitable conditions. Rather than a literal depiction of an alternate Sogamoso, In The Valley of the Sun is a visual tone poem where modernist pattern-making, landscape painting, and traditional textile patterns combine to yield new possibilities.














Painting
Mark

carolyn castaño

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Garden Heads
works on paper
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In Garden Heads, the heads of men who may (or may not) have been decapitated are found in lush, tropical landscapes rendered in watercolor and pastel drawing. These works remix traditions of portraiture and botanical illustration while also attempting to meaningfully engage the flood of horrible imagery that is as much a product of the drug trade as the drugs themselves.




THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING AT A SEVERED HEAD
Mark Dery
http://www.cabinetmagazine.org/issues/10/severed_head.php
john the baptist, the war on terror, narco wars, medusa