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Sebastian L Vargas
brooklyn, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: I was born in 1980 in Viña del Mar, Chile, but I have developed my artwork mostly in Santiago, Chile . Between 1999 and 2003 I studied Fine Arts at Finis Terrae University in Santiago, Chile, majoring in Sculpture. I experiment with a wide range of styles, subjects, materials, and mediums, producing a vast body of work that is consistently experimental and artistically diverse. This is also evident in each of my paintings through the accumulation of an array of different technics within one canvas. My paintings hold a constant dialogue between graphics, painting, and photograph. These three elements operate as a platform that contains and displays the multiple layers of images present in my work. Informed by advertisement, mass media, and the everyday visual environment that surrounds me, my body of work unfolds as an album, an archive, a binnacle of all my visual quirks, that contains an unsettling vision about the specific themes that exist in each of my paintings. Throughout my eclectic creative process, I always maintain an interest in iconography and the manipulation of random imagery. I recollect art clips, logos, vector images, and illustrations from the Internet that I then transfer to different mediums creating a vibrant layering of found images. Mainly acrylic on canvas and paper, behind my paintings exists a process of previous digital manipulation through which the actions of recollection, selection and alteration of images generate a fast, direct and immediate thematic assimilation. In this process I work with silkscreen as the main technic for image transfer as it accommodates to my dynamic, fast and intuitive working pace. The layering is also present in the texture and materiality of my work which refers to the very act of painting: the filling, the veil after veil, the material wear, the corrosion and the pass of time, the errors; all of which denounces an atmospheric pictorial quality that moves from graffiti to abstract expressionism. Through digital image manipulation, silkscreen, and painting, I try to transcend the medium and create multi-layered narratives that allows multiple interpretations. I have participated in several exhibitions, such as his first individual exhibition in Lo matta Cultural Center in Santiago of Chile in 2001 , “Custom Made” in Cecilia Palma Gallery, Santiago (2006), the exhibition series “God, Ship, and the mutiny” in None Galleri, Dunedin, New Zealand (2007),“Make it go away” in Cross Street Studios, Auckland, New Zealand (2007), “Gamma” in Galeria Moto, Santiago (2008), “(Universal) art is no object” in Local Project, New York (2010), “Attention Spam” in Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires (2010), and “Laboratory” in the Culture Ministry of Valparaiso, Chile (2010).
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