CONSTRUCTED is a new exhibition curated by Saatchi Art curator, Victoria Kennedy. On view in Santa Monica, the exhibition presents recent works by thirteen emerging artists, including Raül de la Torre, among others. These thirteen Los Angeles-based artists defy the traditional boundaries of their mediums and challenge the physicality of their artistic practice. Working in a variety of materials, from fabric to neon to metal, each artist shares an interest in exploring the work of art as a carefully constructed object.
About Raül De La Torre
Many painters create texture upon their canvases by building layer upon layer of paint; with each layer comes a greater sense of history and dimension within the work. Others using thickening agents to almost sculpt their paint, spreading it thickly upon their work’s surface for a subtle 3D effect. Artist Raul de la Torre has chosen a unique route to enrich his acrylic paintings with texture: embroidery. An abstract textile artist, de la Torre first chooses the colors he wishes to incorporate in the palette of the work he is about to embark upon. To him, the colors represent people, moments or feelings. He paints with acrylic in various blocks of color interacting with one another, evolving a pattern upon his canvas. Sometimes he contains his paint within a clean border, other times he lets his blocks of color drip down the canvas or paper. Next, the artist begins his process of embroidery. De la Torre makes horizontal cuts on the canvas or paper and covers these open areas using cotton thread. This process of embroidering on canvas or paper adds both intrigue and a sense of depth to each unique work. De la Torre’s most recent body of works reflects a series of poems by a well known poet from Catalonia, de la Torre’s home country. An homage to both the poet and the creative process, de la Torre’s technique of embroidery is heartfelt exploration. Just as a poet builds words to form metaphor or meaning, the artist builds texture through embroidery to form depth and character.
Until June 1st
1655 26th St., Santa Monica, CA
Cookies are small pieces of data that websites send to browsers and which are stored in users’ devices: computers, mobile telephones, tablets, and so on. Their purpose is to improve the experience of using the website, as these archives make it possible for the website to remember information about the user’s visits, such as preferred options or language. In this way the website personalizes its content and becomes more agile and useful for the user.
By browsing this website users agree to cookies being installed in their equipment that enable us to find out the following information:
Types of cookies
This website uses session, or temporary, cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies merely keep data while the user is visiting the website. Persistent cookies store the data on the device’s hard drive so that it will be accessible in more than one session.
Depending on the type of data obtained the website can use technical cookies.
These allow users to browse the webpage and use the different options or services it contains. For example, controlling data traffic and communication, identifying the session, entering restricted access areas, requesting enrolment or participation in an event, using security features while browsing and storing content.
These allow users to access the website with some general characteristics that are either already predefined in their hard drive or defined by the user. For example, the language, the type of browser used to access the website, the chosen content design, the geo-location of the device or the regional configuration from where access takes place.
Statistical analysis cookies
These make it possible to monitor and analyse the behaviour of visitors to the website. The information gathered is used to measure a website’s activity and to produce users’ browsing history, making it possible to improve the service.
Third party cookies
Third party cookies that manage and improve the services offered can also be installed. For example, statistics services like Google Analytics.
Managing the cookies in my browser
Users can allow, block or erase the cookies installed in their device by configuring the browsing options.