Ventanas (Desert)

by Carolyn Castaño

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Artist Statement

In Ventanas (Spanish for windows) geometric Abstraction, figuration and landscape painting imagine a space where mapping, cartography, and botanical illustration co-exist simultaneously with pattern and shape culled from traditional textiles of the Americas and Modernist forms from design, architecture, and painting to craft ideas of modernity, progress, and identity. Created for a site-specific installation at the Los Angeles airport, the Ventanas series evokes the experience of looking through a prism or window, where geometric shapes break up the scape into series of fractured shapes and spaces. This looking can take many forms: looking out from inside an airplane, as new geographies come into view beyond or below, or peering in at the carefully orchestrated universe of form, color and logotype to be found within the aircraft one is about to board.

Why We Love It

While she’s fluent in a myriad of media (drawing, mural work, and video among them), Castaño's paintings especially piqued our interest for their irrepressible, idiosyncratic energy. The artist’s Ventanas (Spanish for “windows”) series from which today’s edition was plucked was originally a site-specific installation at the Los Angeles airport. In these works, sharp, graphic shapes map out the visual plane into fragmented spaces. There’s a prismatic effect, as if looking through multiple windows, peering in (or out) on disparate—yet symphonically symbiotic—scenes. It’s Castaño's nod to the experience of gazing out an airplane window at the transforming geography below, or even inward, at what she describes as “the carefully orchestrated universe of form, color and logotype to be found within the aircraft” ... Read more on the blog!

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+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Signed + numbered certificate of authenticity included
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.

Medium:

Museo Portfolio Rag

Edition Structure:
10"x8" | edition of 20 
14"x11" | edition of 200
20"x16" | edition of 50
30"x24" | edition of 10
40"x30" | edition of 2

Carolyn Castaño

Carolyn Castaño is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work in painting, drawing and video has been shown in the U.S and abroad. Ms. Castaño’s work has been featured recently in a survey exhibition titled Carolyn Castaño: A Female Topography at the Laband Art Gallery at Loyola Marymount, We Must Risk Delight: Twenty Artists from Los Angeles at the 56th Biennale di Venezia, curated by BardoLA, Mujeres Que Cean / Women Who Create at the New Americans Museum, San Diego, CA, LACMA’s critically acclaimed exhibition, Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement, the Museo Del Barrio, New York City and the... Read More
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City, the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, Galerie Dominique Fiat, Paris, France. Ms. Castaño is a graduate of the UCLA School of Art & Architecture (2001 M.F.A) and the San Francisco Art Institute (B.F.A).
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