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.