Marcos Raul Valella
Trust is an interesting thing. Do we trust what we know or what we don’t know? Like my work, my process is a series of moves built around the construct of trusting that which is to come, will be more pure than what I am trying to conserve. A foundation is built around trust to reinforce its own structure. This structure can easily be built around a relationship or even something as simple as an arrangement. The way these things resolve themselves in their space is never whole, but full of holes.
In this series of work I utilize a non-objective language that is simultaneously confrontational and contemplative. It negotiates the space between these two, seemingly unrelated states of being, emphasizing the nature of trust in the essence of the object.
An investigation of the repercussions of what goes on at the boundaries between patches/planes, what happens at the points of transition from the interior to its contour. At times these patches/planes share the same space at these junctures, other times there is a sense of overlap and an unavoidable power struggle, negotiating their interplanar relationships. There is a moment of separation, a conversation, a tension and consistent negotiation of the space; a constant sense of simultaneous implosion and explosion, as these patches/planes bargain over their definite boundaries. Within the interior there are moments of impurity, questioning, uncertainty, doubt, nervousness and intimidation while conversely where the edges meet there is a need to convey strength, dedication and power – even in the face of moments of weakness.
A trompe l’oeil, an illusion of preconception as one approaches them aesthetically, immediately searching for a sense of composition and conceptual exploration, but coming up short. The act of searching and the realization of this disparity is the truth in the object. Concurrently, this realization makes one consider the validity of similar searches in the paintings, calling into question the very issues of making. The palettes, not constrained to composition, are free to function independently from other systems.