Chilean artist Sandra Vasquez de la Horra (born 1967) has created a series of personal drypoint prints that, as with her earlier work, speak of fears, visualize dreams and nightmares, and recount memories. Lone figures are often drawn without limbs or skin, raw and disarmed and yet exuding an air of determination. The dominance of the female figure stands out: mothers, nuns, saints, seductresses, prisoners, damned ones. The numerically inferior male figures are soldiers, clowns, men with erections, men dangling off trees, little boys – or Christ. They are deeply catholic or deeply pagan, but in any case radiate a base sexuality. The figures mostly seem to hover on the paper – perspective plays almost no role in her compositions.
Meanwhile Mexican artist Iñaki Bonillas’(born 1981) most recent series of photogravures, entitled Theme and Variations (2013), continues his persistent exploration of the ways in which individuals constantly edit, and accept others' editings, of the world around them. The photographs from which the project originates are a series of documentative images of a car crash that Bonillas found in an album inherited from his grandfather in 2000. The clinical account of the damages caused to his grandfather’s 1961 Peugeot 403 coexists bizarrely alongisde typical family scenes and memories album.
With this clash of contents in mind, Bonillas worked on combining the 8 original photographs, beginning by splitting them each in half, and then pairing the resulting 16 halves until all possible permutations were achieved. The result is 240 unique photogravures that never repeat a single combination.
Both Sandra Vasquez de la Horra and Iñaki Bonillas have had numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally are featured in public and private collections across the globe.
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