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Carlos Amorales at Orange County Museum of Art

Carlos Amorales, a native of Mexico City, is exhibiting a large body of work at the Orange County Museum of Art. Sculpture, video, collage drawings, and paintings begin with everyday photos and become fine art.

Amorales starts with images from magazines, the internet, books, and his own photographs. He then transforms them into vector graphics in the computer and creates digital silhouettes. The silhouettes are used as the basis of his art. A simple theme-you experience a “why didn’t I think of that” moment-with very effective results.

In my opinion, the paper collage drawings and the sculptures are the most successful. The simplicity of form lends itself well to these mediums. Spider web sculptures are scaled up to sizes that make you believe you can become entangled in them. Contorted and bent, your body would be positioned like a twister game inside them. The paper collages are intricate and strangely alluring. One step away from just printing a vector graphic out, they take on a new meaning in this medium. Think of all those paper doilies you see in 99 cent stores. This is the new, hip, fine art version of doilies. In fact, I can see the spider web collages under my coffee cup right now. That’s not a insult. It’s a statement of how art can blur lines from high brow to low brow. Hey Carlos, I’ll be the first one to by some.

Amorales’ exhibit it worth the time to see. The show runs until March 14, 2010.


About Gina Genis

Hi Friends, I'm a photographer and artist who lives in Washington DC. I have two blogs. The Gina Genis Blog is about art and photography. My new blog, DC Discoveries is dedicated to showing you everything from fashion to art, food to entertainment in all sections of the District. I hope you will take the journey with me. I exhibit my work in museums and galleries across the U.S. I'm included in the permanent collections of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the Otto G. Richter Library Special Collections Division of the University of Miami, Hard Rock Casino, Orange County Transit District, IBM, and the Sarah and Adam Markman Collection among others. My series "Window Peeping" was included in OsCene 2010 at the Laguna Art Museum, Truman State University, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Biola University, and solo shows at Gallery 825 and Cypress College. The "June Gloom" series was exhibited in a solo show at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The "Kala" series has been exhibited at MPLS Photo Center, Cypress College, and Gallery 825. "Economy Portraits" was created as an Artist In Residence project at the Huntington Beach Art Center, and was awarded "Best Art Show of 2011" by the OC Weekly. I curated Wide Angle View, an exhibit of 16 international, award-winning photo and multi-media journalists at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art to much critical acclaim. Recent reviews of my work have appeared in the Huffington Post, Art Scene, OC Weekly, Orange County Register, New University, Riviera Magazine, Coast Magazine, Huntington Beach Independent, and appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, and more. I lead the Gina Genis Photo Workshops where I show beginning and intermediate photographers how to jump to the next level with their work. I also teach online photography courses through The Compelling Image.

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