Ventanas (Desert) (Final Sale)

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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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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.


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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, 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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