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Candid portraits documenting individuals passing through the main hall of New York City’s Grand Central Station.
As a Latin-American living and working in New York since my early teens, my personal histories have been and continue to be wrought by access, and how access is denied or given to locations, to power, to social agency, to identity, to knowledge, to economic class, and even to North-American culture. By documenting individuals passing through Grand Central Station, I am seeking to evaluate their access agency along the aforementioned terms.
Labyrinths is guided by metaphysical elements extrapolated from Jorge Luis Borges’ fiction and by a personal interpretation of a motif found in the [gold-based] ritual-art of The Muisca, a pre-Columbian, South-American culture. What I believe Borges' fiction is proposing is that human knowledge has a misplaced sense of certainty that makes it paper-thin, thus I consciously sought to render these works with very little depth-of-field structured along a minimalist aesthetic preoccupied with projecting a visually-tactile bi-dimensional space. The artistic process is also shaped by phenomenological meditations out of neuroscience and physics concerning how the human eye and brain interpret color, or may construct reality, or process physical matter.
To maximize objectivity, I used archeological excavation methods coupled with Merce Cunningham’s chance method to select which physical quadrant at Grand Central Station to photograph in and to select who was to be photographed. Each work in this series is a photograph that has been aleatorily disassembled in post-production, re-layered with selections from the same image, and re-colored. Both camera and lens were calibrated to invoke [art] painting mechanical processes in an attempt to blur the line between art and photography. The de-construction and fragmentation of each image is meant to be obvious to a lay viewer.
PRINT INFO Series Title: Labyrinths
Date: all works in the series were made in 2019.
Medium: Photography. Media: Archival Pigment Print. Image 60” x 48” inches on 63” x 51” sheet. Edition of 3 + 1AP. AP not for sale.