Tropical Geometries Ruana Interruption (Red and Gold)

by Carolyn Castaño

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Artist Statement

In my works, landscape and pattern are used to reimagine this tale of modernity and progress in the Americas. Mapping, topographical painting, and botanical illustration co-exist simultaneously with pattern and free-flowing geometry inspired by Pre-Columbian and traditional textiles and ceramics. These traditional textiles are often created by women, and, as "women's work" created in the post-Columbian context, they both echo and resist European modes of representation. Elements of Neo-Concrete painting and modernist design are also present, undermining the fantasy of the sublime, authentic landscape by interrupting its traditional conventions and framing. The geometry in the drawings--traditional and modernist--operates on a separate plane than the landscape, and proposes an open-ended simultaneity of cultures, and an alternate imaging of Latin American modernity and futurity.

Why We Love It

Castaño’s second edition pulses with super saturated warm tones, gutsy stripes, and lush, tropical plant life. The masterful color clashing keeps you on the edge of your seat, as does the contrast between her curvaceous flora and semi-transparent, diluted hues, and those crisp, bold chevrons. The geometric lines call to mind nature’s symmetry, a linear representation of organic equilibrium. There’s a lot of visual pleasure at play in that balance. All the indoor plant people out there with their urban jungles will probably find another type of pleasure in identifying the subjects at center. We spy what looks like Philodendron, Croton Gold Dust, Hibiscus, Plumeria—a mini Eden of equatorial botanics ... 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 10 
14"x11" | edition of 100
20"x16" | edition of 20
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, video, and mixed-media installations has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. She is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters & Sculptors 2013, California Community Foundation Getty Fellow Mid-Career Grant 2011, COLA- City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Grant 2011.   Carolyn’s work will be the subject of a solo project installation in OCMA Expand a series of artist projects with the Orange County Museum of Art. Recent exhibitions of note include Collective Constellation, Selections from the Eileen Harris- Norton Collection at Art & Practice and Valley... Read More
of the Sun/ After América  at the Walter Maciel Gallery.  She has exhibited her work at the Laband Art Gallery at Loyola Marymount University, Carolyn Castaño: A Female Topography 2001-2017.  Her work has been featured in We Must Risk Delight-Twenty Artists from Los Angeles at the Magazzino Di Sale, a collateral exhibition of the 56th International La Biennale di Venezia, the critically acclaimed exhibition, Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement, which traveled to the Museo Del Barrio, New York City and the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City, amongst other venues. Ms. Castaño is represented by Walter Maciel Gallery.
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