«Les Mondes Engloutis»
«Les Mondes Engloutis» is a series of photographs taking as its starting point a pice of handicraft from my childhood.
«Grooming» consist of seven different format canvases reproducing images of pets taken by their owners “groomers“. The canvases are painted life-size to each species.
This series of paintings comprises five small-format canvases reproducing images of “camera trap“ shared by hunters and scientific researchers on online photography communities. The canvases are painted real-size of the original image downloaded from each blog.
This work was part of a project called Naturalezas.
Naturalezas introduces a young group of artists who, using traditional formats such as painting, drawing and sculpting, work to create their own interpretations of nature. While it is true that this concept has adopted different meanings throughout the course of history, it is interesting nonetheless to see how a group of contemporary Chilean artists approach the issue. This project should not be viewed as a discourse on the environment, rather, the works use a contemporary point of view to shed light on the relationships between species, the dialogue between biological structures and "artistic structures", the notion of human nature and the manner in which certain practices dictate our relationship with the animal species.
This exhibit was a result of a curatorial research seminar which brought together the artists mentioned below. The aim of the seminar was to engage in discussions and generate a line of research that would aide in the production of future works.
«Selfshots» comprises five small-format canvases reproducing images of selfshots shared on online photography communities. The canvases are painted at 1:1 scale of the original image downloaded from each blog.
Consists of a series of oil on canvas, various formats, that takes as reference the work done by naturalists in Chile in the begining of the XIX century.
«Trap» comprises seven canvases reproducing images of “camera trap“ shared by hunters and scientific researchers on online photography communities.
«Search» consist of one hundred paintings. The pictures are placed in the centre of the canvas and each image is painted at a 1:1 scale to the exact size of the images on the computer screen. The images represent the result of a google search: Diego Martínez.
Oil on wood, 30 × 30 cm each.
Total installation 10 × 1,5 m
The overcrowding of the Internet, and it’s ubiquitous public access, have created a huge virtual archive, containing the most diverse information. Through search engines it is possible to obtain all sorts of data from this global archive, just one word is needed to automatically get millions of multimedia results. It is within this framework that I’ve decided to ponder and develop my work; being my own name: “Diego Martinez” the keywords used for the search. The result of this consists on millions of images of different nature all grouped under the same name, which will be then selected and painted as if they were image thumbnails outside the computer.