NJ Emerging Artist: Mauro Zamora, Extraction Value
Date(s) - 09/23/2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
NJ Emerging Artists Series
Mauro Zamora, Extraction Value
September 23 – October 23, 2016
Opening Reception: September 23, 6-8pm
Gallery Talk: October 19, 7-8pm
Nilson Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 5 pm; Friday: 10am-9pm; Sun: 12pm-5pm
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.