Paratext #43: Phillip Maisel & Natalia Domínguez

This name, Paratext, hides a monthly schedule of presentations of artists residing in Hangar of long and short duration, as well as international residencies. In it they present, in different formats, specific projects or parts of their work. The sessions are always open to the public with the purpose of enabling interaction with the artists themselves. In addition, each Paratext has an editor who later publishes his or her impressions of the presentation on this blog. On this occasion the editor will be Núria Nia.

The next Paratext session will take place on Wednesday July 8, at 7 p.m. in the Sala Ricson of Hangar.

Projects will be presented by:

Phillip Maisel

Maisel’s working practice explores the language of photography through sculpture, collage, and photographic objects. Subverting the viewer’s own visual literacy and expectations of photographic space, he provokes a reevaluation of both the use value and two-dimensionality of the medium.

Maisel collects everyday materials from specific geographic locales, utilizing them to create sculptural arrangements in shallow spaces in the studio. He then photographs the arrangements, continuously readjusting and rephotographing the materials in place, resulting in iterative sequences that recontextualize the various histories of the materials. As the same objects are reoriented through a series of images, the elements gain distinct visual traction through their repetition and reappearance in multiple works.

Maisel uses ambiguous perspective, angular compositions, and abstracted forms to both focus attention on the surface of the print as well as the depicted space of the image. He also reintroduces dimensionality to the picture plane through adding cuts, drawing, painting, and collage to most but not all prints, resulting in a push and pull between two and three dimensions.

Natalia Domínguez

Natalia Domínguez has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Granada, she has studied at the Fontys Hogeschool voor of Kunsten in Tilburg, Holland, and she has a Master’s degree in research and artistic production from the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

Her artistic concern arises from her interest in the analysis of the symbol as a container of meaning and how it helps us to conceive the space around us. She feels more faithful to the concept than to the form and ideas such as the need for symbolic communication and the questioning of the utility of the artistic object are quite recurrent in her work, so that on many occasions she ends up questioning the very nature of art and the hierarchical codes that make it up.

The activity will be carried out ensuring the necessary safety measures.

Foto: Phillip Maisel


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