The Nilson Gallery features the work of New Jersey artists, including the New Jersey Emerging Artists Series, a unique and exciting forum for NJ artists who have never had a one-person show of their work in our State. The artists selected for this Series represent the diversity of talent in the State and demonstrate their creativity in a wide variety of media. Gallery talks scheduled during the exhibitions offer artists the opportunity to share their stories and provide insight about what inspires and drives them in the creative process.
Mauro Zamora, Extraction Value
September 23 – October 23, 2016
Images: Left: “Resource”, Acrylic and Image Transfer on Canvas, 24″ x 24″
Right: “Turn Around”, Acrylic and Image Transger on Canvas, 24″ x 24″
My work focuses on the landscape, its cultural significance and how it is created and experienced. I approach the landscape much like an archeologist, my interests lie in the human activity enacted on the land and the analysis of material culture. Emerging from a site of excavation, my paintings tend to ignore the landscape’s traditional single point perspective in favor of a layered, autonomous, and often transparent space.
The paintings in Extraction Value, explore how value is derived from the land and how the processes of extracting value affect the landscape and the people who live on it. The imagery references the industrial, commercial, financial, and military practices that effect how we experience our landscape. Images in my paintings are often stacked one over another functioning like a three-dimensional map with layers of history trapped within.
The tools of my craft are acrylic paint, image transfer and inkjet printing, photo tex fabric, linen and canvas. I stack the images and symbols to collide and ultimately establish a kaleidoscope of ideas in my works. The unpredictability of the image transfer process on canvas or linen forces me to interact with the imagery in a more improvisational way.
For me the landscape is a container of history. How and why the landscape looks as it does is always dependent on a series of choices made by individuals, institutions, companies and governments. Ultimately, my work is intended to offer an understanding of how and why our surroundings look and function as they do.
Upcoming Artist Talk
Artist Mauro Zamora will give a Gallery Talk: Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7-8 pm
Free and Open to the Public