“Nueve” is a project consisting of a cyclical conversation between a set of paintings and its photographs, emphasizing on their character of both: art pieces and documentation.
The conversation began with a painting composed of nine parts that were gifted to nine different people. The paintings were photographed and used as a base for the second round of paintings, which were exchanged for different things. Photographs again. And then, the last painting [9’’’’], which synthesizes all of the previous pieces made so far. Now, only the final photographic piece is missing.
I’m interested in repetitive processes and the changes and similarities that occur during its different cycles.
Besides, I had these questions on mind while working on this project:
What happens to an art piece once it becomes someone else’s possesion?
When does the documentation of something can become an art piece?
When is it only documentation?
What happens when you repeat a process over and over?
When does it wear out?
I used acrylic painting on wood for the paintings and then my Canon 60D to take the photos. Afterwards, plenty of hours were spent on Lightroom and Photoshop for sure. Then, again material stuff (painting), then digital (photography). I printed the photos too, on cotton paper.
On 2018, I had a solo exhibition of this project, some people saw all of the pieces together and didn’t really make sense out of it. Others paid attention to the pieces and were able to discover what was happening and had several comments on it. That was very exciting.
I guess no matter what you display, approaching to an art piece (or anything at all) requires willingness to listen and paying attention to what is presented, otherwise the conversation takes place in void, with no resonance.
The final painting pieces are on sale, you can contact me if interested 🙂