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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Kate: Flores Y Racer Stripes, 2007; acrylic, glitter, tape, rhinestone, flocking, canvas,
72” x 56”




La Nueva Onda
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Mario: Yo Quiero Sportie LA!, 2007; acrylic, glitter, tape, rhinestone, flocking; on canvas; 72” x 56”












Yandara, 2007; acrylic, glitter, rhinestone, flocking, canvas, 72” x 56”



El Rio, 2008; Acrylic, mixed-media collage, mirrors, glitter on canvas 48" x 30"




















Tropical Baby ( Self-Portrait), 2007; acrylic, glitter, rhinestone, mirrors; on canvas;
72” x 56’














Tropical Baby (Violeta), 2007; acrylic, glitter, rhinestones, mirrors; on canvas;  60" x 48"
















Tropical Baby (Yandara), 2007; acrylic, glitter, rhinestones, mirrors; on canvas; 60" x 48"


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La Nueva Onda / The New Wave explores identity and beauty in mixed-media paintings. Portraits of friends are remixed with colors, patterns, and textures culled from popular culture, and textiles. Street painting vernaculars intersect with abstraction and hard-edge painting styles.