Sculptures don't have feelings, 2015

Sculptures Don’t Have Feelings is a story that suggests the existence of a secret life that belongs to artworks; a life that unfolds itself independently from human contemplation. The artworks are presented as autonomous and sensitive entities, reacting to the conditions of the environment and establishing dialogues with the public and other objects. Rosas Alemán creates fictional scenarios for introducing these secret lives, involving displacement and the resulting interaction between characters making this narrative experience possible.

 

The artworks that are depicted in this story are constantly confronted with the dilemma of remaining loyal to the materials that enable them to be, or reluctantly assume the meaning and value that humans have imposed to them. Discourse evidently fails to comprise the finitude that determines objects.

 

The presented works are made with the signs that constitute an alphabet created by the artist.

This alphabet is not constrained by semantic needs or any usage structure, for this reason Sculptures Don’t Have Feelings is narrated using this resource: a communication system that is a direct consequence of the materiality of things, it doesn’t involve meaning. The fragmentary nature of the pieces and the monochromatic color scheme allows a certain correspondence between the paintings and sculptures, generating a sense of continuity in the spectator.

 

Sculptures Don’t Have Feelings employs different narrative resources: the creation of characters, delimiting stages, plot construction; aiming that paintings and sculptures assume their own language and would offer hints of the desires, transformations and changes that in other conditions would remain imperceptible to human sensitivity. Rosas Alemán fictionalizes these interactions and converts them into accessible events, this translation requires the displacement of the spectator for activating these possible dialogues. This project is only a chapter from this unfinished story that comprises the different places where artworks normally inhabit.

The Wall Piece Below the One in the Corner, 2016

Oil and watercolor on canvas

25 x 20 cm

The floor piece, 2016

Ceramic and metallic base

50 x 70 cm

The floor piece in transformation, 2016

Ceramic and metallic base

100 x 70 cm

Installation view at FRIEZE NY, 2016

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1.- The Piece on the Lower Right Side, 2016 

      Oil and watercolor on canvas

      25 x 20 cm

2.- The Piece on the Left Side, 2016 

      Oil and watercolor on canvas

      25 x 20 cm

3.- The Wall Piece in the Corner, 2016 

      Oil and watercolor on canvas

      20 x 25 cm

4.- The Upper Piece, 2016 

      Oil and watercolor on canvas

      20 x 25 cm

5.- The Upper Piece, 2016 

      Oil and watercolor on canvas

      20 x 25 cm

6.- The Piece Above the Lower Right One, 2016 

      Oil and watercolor on canvas

      25 x 20 cm

7.- The Piece Next to the Upper One, 2016 

      Oil and watercolor on canvas

      20 x 25 cm

8- The Piece Next to the One on the Left Side, 2016 

      Oil and watercolor on canvas

      25 x 20 cm

9- The Wall Piece Next to the Upper Left One, 2016 

      Oil and watercolor on canvas

      20 x 25 cm

10- The Piece on the Right next to the One in the Corner, 2016 

      Oil and watercolor on canvas

      25 x 20 cm

© Gabriel Rosas Alemán, 2020