The Brain Project Submission
"I can't remember to forget you."
Christopher Nolan / Memento (2000)
I am a professional artist originally from Mayabeque, Cuba now living in Havana. If I am selected, I will as a bonus, include an opportunity for the collector of the work, to have a private tour with me in Havana to visit the galleries and studios if they are able to travel to my country.
If I am selected, I will have artist Debra Yelva Dedyluk, act as my technician to assemble the work and create my piece as per my direction. As it would be impossible to ship the sculpture to Cuba to complete, Debra Dedyluk has agreed to act on my behalf. I have sent her a high quality image of a current painting that will be reproduced through a 'glicee' method onto an archival substrate and adhered to the pre-fabricated sculpture. Carborandum will be adhered to the front outer edge of the piece creating a glistening effect to frame the image.
Original work Painting: oil on canvas
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"That word was unpleasant as a defeat. And there were still other words that no one should pronounce in his presence (at least when he was at home, in that metropolis of emptiness)."
"Aquella palabra era desagradable como una derrota. Y había todavía otras palabras que
nadie debía pronunciar en su presencia (al menos cuando estaba en la casa, en aquella
metrópoli del vacío)".
As an artist and trained printmaker, I have incorporated the methods, sensibilities and skills of this process to my method of painting.
Carborundum is used in industry to polish lithographic stones. In this last sense, I use it as a metaphor for the efforts that we employ to unveil the layers of human knowledge all the inherited tradition, memories, and history. Carborundum is a metaphor for the physical and psychological wear and tear to which we are subjected on a daily basis due to different circumstances in which we live.
In my work there are evidences of the tradition and the principles of engraving, but the graphic stamp of the brain is a function of the painting, my brushes are the woodcut and the collagraph matrices. I design and customize my brushes, which are the engraving dies. The ideas arise from the virtual tools that we have when we work in Photoshop for example. I wanted to make a stock of matrices so that they would serve me to paint.
The structure brain is the framework that contains the experiences. Visually, It is like the frame of classic paintings, within the frame is the painting that tells us a story.
Please provide a description of your design and its inspiration?
A high quality image of a current painting that will be reproduced through a Glicee method onto an archival substrate and adhered to the pre-fabricated sculpture. Carborandum will be adhered to the front outer edge of the piece creating a glistening effect to frame the image.
Inspiration can be everywhere and can be anything we just need to realize it and make a metaphor of it. Inspiration can be a text, a song, a word an experience. The motivation or inspiration must be in the work yet the work must speak of something else, that inspiration should not be the center of the concept of the work.
The inspiration for the work developed out of a need to understand a way of thinking. Specifically in this work, the inspiration is my internal reflections about existential and time-related conflicts (past, present, future, yesterday, today and tomorrow.)
Why do you want to participate in the brain project?
I am interested in participating in the project not only because it is a way of reflecting on Alzheimer's and its daily implications in life, but also because it is a pretext to reflect on the human condition and its obsessions in the contemporary era. David Gilmour says "The same old fears" in Wish you were here by Pink Floyd.
"My observation as the acting technician, is that Osmel has created the painting as an original piece of work that has become a reproduction, as he is unable to send the original physical piece to Canada. The submission symbolizes how a memory becomes a reproduction of the original event.
The brain is the matrix imprinting the experience. "
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