I've enjoyed seeing how artists like Carlos, set up visual riddles in their minds and then use their art to "solve" the riddles. Combining impressions in his mind from his land of birth and those traditions with the sports he enjoys, the woman he loves, and the materials at hand is what makes all this so unique. There are many artists out there but there is no one who will see the world or portray it like Carlos does because of his uniqueness. That's a nice example to ponder as I decide on my own art projects. They are those with better skills or more experience but because of my own uniquesness of experience, etc. my art will be worthy if only because it is truly my own.It will be interesting to see how the symbols and masks and fabric textures evolve along with Carlos.I'm going to look for that mural from the expressway!
I liked seeing how people in his daily life inspire his work. I feel it is important for artists to be supported by their peers closest to them. It was definetly interesting to see Triff in there!
Viva Carlos de Villasante!
I liked the paintings better than the drawings. Also, I thought it was cool to see the 3D masks on the 2D canvas.The car hoods rocked!
I greatly enjoyed Carlos de Villasante’s presentation. I thought he spoke well about his work and fielded questions in a better way than many of the previous presenters, I could tell he was a teacher and use to speaking to students. It made the message of his work more clear and easily accessible. I also felt a strong connection with the painting series with the trio singers song lyrics. The forms are minimal and the writing powerful. I did not care for the photography as much as the paintings. Also, felt the theme of the mask was a little disjointed and not clear through out his work, but the tie to his heritage was strong.
Don't look any further! The world is unique but your impressions oblivious.Marjakas Ahatananda
I also think the photographs have a way to go...they do not yet come close to matching the simple but powerful elegance of his other work. The background patterns in the photos seem to sometimes overwhelm or distract from the figures. The paintings often reduce a figure or face to the essential lines so it is still recognizable as an individual, so the photos seem too literate when looked at alongside the paintings. Maybe something of the same could be acheived by relatively low level ambient or direct artifical light, in combination with some projected light forms possibly taking on the shape of the hieroglyphic elements that I find one of the most intriguing elements of the paintings.
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