By definition, a portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent of the artist is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person.
In this work, the image of the individual is submerged within the mood of the piece rather than the subject portraying the mood. The layers of chaotic yet choreographed colors are waves within the netting, encapsulating the face and expression of the individual.
As in my recent series, Space Is Only Noise That You Can See Paintings and Sculptures, the viewer is invited to a place where the landscape meets the sky and the water. They are drawn into the color spectrum and lured in but never fully being captured since the netting texture separates the viewer.
This new work is my take on the figurative and works with the reversal of the paintings and neon sculptures. Rather than the neon or paint resonating within your sight, the viewer is submerged within the resonance at a higher color frequency. You can feel the mood through the small glimpses of the portrait but it is washed within the texture and pattern, allowing for a fluidity between space and person. It offers a chance for one to imagine water and nature interconnected to us verses separate entities. The combination of the image through ink and cyanotypes meld with the colors and netting, highlighting the balance between human and nature. This new work also pushes my notions of conceptual intersections of my Lightbulb Series and Fractured Entanglement series. The net to the fishing lures where lines are beautiful objects that bend themselves to a rate of physical attraction to the piece, i.e. people holding and manipulating the lightbulbs to see lures on display. In these works the lightbulbs become part of the dialogue between the subject of the portrait, saturation of color, and ethereal sense of balance.
Felipe Lopez Redux #1 2018 Oil based Spray Paint on Cyanotype Paper and Acrylic Silk-Screened Canvas 25 in x 20 in
Felipe Lopez Redux #2 2018 Oil based Spray Paint on Cyanotype Paper and Acrylic Silk-Screened Canvas 25 in x 20 in
Felipe Lopez Redux #3 2018 Oil based Spray Paint on Cyanotype Paper and Acrylic Silk-Screened Canvas 25 in x 20 in