In a world where the 1% makes up the majority of the population (New York City 2012) the vision of these two artists really spoke to me..
Here I am rebloggin and blogging photos of Chanel and Valentino while the other half of the world (including most of America) are starving, being kicked out of their homes..
Garcia has been the most consistent artist who has worked on forced displacement in Columbia, through drawings, installations, sculptures, engravings and paintings. He has managed to convey his inquiries without resorting to sensationalism, using seduction to reach the viewers while showing the brutality and injustice present in our society.
This time his paintings deal with the exodus different culture experiences, capturing it on a background whose overtones, between gold and black, are the product, not the oil or acrylic, but around the world keeping all its habitants in constant despair and suspense.
Oil has been, of course, reason for persection and violence, Garcia has experienced firsthand, the artist who hails from Barrancabermeja, the petroleum capital in Colombia. By using this material as a pigment in his work, Garcia not only reiterates the cause of some of the shifts that have occurred in Columbia, but is taking up the idea that materials carry an intrinsic expression contributing to socialization of artistic thoughts and direct presentation of the causes present worldwide.
Grossman’s latest work highlights how society makes consumption a way of life, conveying the purchase and use of goods into rituals, where people seek their spiritual fulfillment and ego satisfaction in consumption. Creating the necessity for things to be consumed up, worn out, replaced and discarded at an ever-increasing rate. It is the preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else that prevents people from living freely and nobly.
The tendency of people to identify strongly with products or services they consume, especially with commercial brand names and obvious status enhancing, such as the brands that Grossman uses in his paintings, where he emulates child like traces that convey the hollowness behind all these social configurations.
To those who embrace the idea of consumerism, these products are not seen as valuable in themselves, but rather as social signals that allow them to identify with like-minded people through consumption and display of similar products.