Freddy Rodriguez (Dominican Republic)

October 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Folding Screen # 5 – Sides A & B. Acrylic on Canvas: 24 in x 72 in x 2 in, 60.96 cm x 182.88 cm x 5.08 cm, 2008.

 Since early on in my career as an artist, the writings of Julio Cortázar have influenced me: my installation work, my collages, and the use of text on my paintings, an artist book and the folding screens. When I created my Folding Screen # 5, I was inspired by Julio Cortázar’s novel “Rayuela.” The novel can be read in different orders: in the traditional lineal way from beginning to end, or in the order the author suggests. Over the years Cortázar fans have been making their own suggestions as to the order in which to read “Rayuela.” This is what I propose with my folding screen. It can be displayed and looked at in an infinite number of ways. The folding screen is painted on each side in different styles. It can be folded in different ways to create different compositions. There’s no up or down. The screen can be shown in the direction the curator/owner decides. Each day can be a different visual experience. This is also a metaphor for carpe diem and how I approach my art. I make sure I do what I want when I go in my studio. Each day is a different day.

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