Raúl Aguilar Canela, Helena Garza, Luis Hidalgo, Sara Ludy, Sofie Ramos, Juan Manuel Salas, Bral Sorchini
Screen Strokes
06/21/2022 - 08/06/2022
About the Exhibition

Pequod curated by Janet 40 with participating artists: Raúl Aguilar Canela, Helena Garza, Luis Hidalgo, Sara Ludy, Sofie Ramos, Juan Manuel Salas, and Bral Sorchini.

Since 2016, Janet40 has been dedicated to translating digital culture into artistic objects and to producing multi-format shows that facilitate its consumption near and far from the keyboard. Playing into the conservative game of exhibiting painting in a gallery, they wanted to bend a few rules.

They have ventured to evidence the debt that contemporary painting owes to what has been happening on the screen for over 20 years; from its consumption on our devices, through the use of software for its processing and the notion that, filters and digital effects (that once took painting as inspiration) are as real in our material environment as any pictorial gesture captured in a rectangular image container.

Tactile goes from either a phone, a tablet or a canvas. It’s all the same.

Their source for this exhibition (fluctuating between pixel and brushstroke), is a selection of artists who are located between the Edit menu, the transition from watching TV to watching the Internet, app updates and the need to add mass, volume and movement to the painting that already feels in past tense; worn out by the gaze.

They believe in the indiscriminate use of tools that lead us from one medium to another, without fear of revealing their processes. They aren’t saying that mystery is lost in painting when its scaffolding is visible (cables, pop references and allusions to 3D environments), rather, we gain complexity by thinking of it as part of the torrent of data of our day to day as social media users.

We have said it and we will say it again, this exchange and even looting of visual data between media is what builds reality today. We imagine contemporary painting having an affair with the screen when no one sees it. Only this time, we opened the door and took a picture of it.

Say cheese :)

More about the artists here.

Exhibited Works
Luis Hidalgo
Todo pensamiento o idea se origina en el sonido
UV digital pigments on mirror, sintra and wood frame
75.2 x 55.5 x 1.57 inches
2018
Luis Hidalgo
Vaciar, rehacer la visión tanto de sí mismo como del mundo
UV digital pigments on mirror, sintra and wood frame
75.2 x 55.5 x 1.57 inches
2018
Helena Garza
HIDRARGIRIA Hg 80
Spray painting and oil on canvas
72.8 x 74 inches
2022
Raúl Aguilar Canela
Anger
Dye and oil on cotton
6.3 x 7 inches
2021
Raúl Aguilar Canela
Flex
Oil on cotton
28 x 24 inches
2021
Raúl Aguilar Canela
Inertia
Dye and oil on cotton
9.4 x 7.8 inches
2021
Raúl Aguilar Canela
Rhino
Dye and oil on cotton
7.8 x 6.6 inches
2020
Juan Manuel Salas
Nude Beach 001
Oil on linen
15.7 x 19.6 inches
2021-2022
Juan Manuel Salas
You'll be grown before that tree is tall
Oil on linen
23.6 x 43.3 inches
2022
Sofie Ramos
YEAR OF THE FLOOD (still)
Digital video, sound
6:46 min
2022
Sara Ludy
Aviary balloon (still)
Single-channel video, silent
10:03 minutes, loop
2018
Sara Ludy
Channels (still)
Single-channel video, silent
6:38 minutes
2019
Bral Sorchini
K-22452b
Oil, varnish, vinyl paint, UV pigments, LEDs, optic fiber, paper and aluminum
Variable dimensions
2022
Install Shots
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