Spring 2005 Hudson (Show)Room

Diana Guerrero-Maciá

  • Spring 2005 Hudson (Show)Room
  • Exhibition Dates: Jan 27,2005 - Apr 17,2005
  • About the artist
  • DGMacia_cropDiana Guerrero-Maciá

    Diana Guerrero-Maciá’s quilted, sewn, sculptural images subvert traditional notions of pure painting. The works push the medium’s boundaries by using unconventional material to investigate the linguistic and visual lives of found items. Each project begins with aRead more

About the exhibition

“Everybody Needs a Little Cowboy,” a series of sewn “paintings,” appropriates album covers, graphics, and icons of cowboy culture to reposition Americana not often associated with fine art. Future Cowboy locates these words (in a Western-style font) within a kaleidoscopic composition of lines. The image juxtaposes ideas of a rugged, rural lifestyle with the mind-altering psychedelia of the future, elevating albums, signage, and the West to high art.

The casual beauty of a student’s discarded color wheel was the starting point for “Unravelling The Rainbow.” Guerrero-Maciá was intrigued by the combination of geometric shapes, ordered color, and homemade aesthetic. Her resulting project amplifies and refines these elements: the recovered wheel is formally presented in the gallery, as are studies and an over-sized, floor bound sculptural version. Fabricated out of leather, vinyl, cotton, and wood, the twelve movable slices represent each of the wheel’s colors. The outcome is a playful combination of sculpture, furniture, and abstract image that softens the science of painting.

“The Beautiful Game” began with a flattened child’s soccer ball. Like the color wheel, the splayed ball, with its thirty-two faces, has a physical relationship with its discipline. There are thirty-two qualifying teams in each World Cup, and the disassembled colorful ball not only rhymes with the rainbow of uniforms worn by teams, but also resembles a world map. The artist has created drawings, a collage, and five-foot tall patchwork representations of this flattened ball and another, forming a body of sewn, feminized artwork based on a masculine sport globally referred to as the beautiful game.

Diana Guerrero-Maciá proposes alternate ideas of what an image can be by making her mark with fabric, thread, graphics, and found objects—but not paint. Her projects join low-tech with high- and feminine with masculine to close the gap between the discarded and the beloved.