WONDERLAND Series

My artworks are usually structured on multiple visual and semantic layers of contrasting iconographies from which a concept emerges. For the Wonderland series I resorted to found objects, mostly containers/labels of consumer goods, and pornographic images, all of which morphs into a sort of palimpsest when superimposed on abstract expressionist backgrounds. The series comprises several paintings on canvas, 9 assemblages on plywood (The POLIsexyGONS suite), and a number of works made on a cheesy wallpaper pattern stamped vinyl that compose The Wonder Banners suite.

 

This new series analyzes the recurrence of sex in commercial advertising, and women in their double roll as a target and a commodified “object of desire” for those ad campaigns. As Marshall McLuhan noted, “the ad men are constantly breaking through into the Alice in Wonderland territory behind the looking glass, which is the world of sub-rational impulses and appetites.” This sex narrative carries a dark metaphor of our zeitgeist, while emulating the obscenity level of certain social, economic and political events we are currently witnessing in Europe and North America. Sex served as a side dish for finances and politics or a naughty collateral for toxic mortgages.

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Ladies from Venus...
Ladies from Venus...

Ladies from Venus & Gentlemen from Oxford, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 37½" x 55".

Stolen Kisses + Gold
Stolen Kisses + Gold

2013, acrylic on canvas, 33 5/8” x 47¼". (Permanent Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami)

Charles Ponzi & Co.
Charles Ponzi & Co.

2013, acrylic on canvas, 37½” x 50¾”

The Grassy Knoll
The Grassy Knoll

2013, acrylic on canvas, 35 3/8" x 39 3/8". SOLD

Theseus’ Guilt
Theseus’ Guilt

2013, acrylic on canvas, 26 1/8” x 37¾”. SOLD

Big Bang Venus
Big Bang Venus

2012-2013, acrylic and marker on canvas, 39¼” x 51”

Gold Bug
Gold Bug

2013, acrylic on canvas, 32” x 41”. SOLD

Hot and Ready
Hot and Ready

2012, acrylic and collage on canvas, 20" x 16".

The beverage...
The beverage...

The Beverage you are About to Enjoy is Extremely Hot, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 43½" x 55 ¾".