ArtMedia Gallery cordially invites you
to the opening reception of

Patricia Van Dalen.
High Voltage

in the presence of the artist
Curated by José Antonio Navarrete

Monday, December 2nd, 6 – 9

2750 NW 3rd. Ave. Ste. 12
The Wynwood Building
Miami, Fl. 33127

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Patricia Van Dalen, Wire Garden, 2013, Installation (detail), Inkjet print, plastic lacing, pins, 20 x 240 in.
Patricia Van Dalen, Wire Garden, 2013, Installation (detail), Inkjet print, plastic lacing, pins, 20 x 240 in.

December 2, 2013 – February 15, 2014

Van Dalen began her artistic career as a painter in Caracas, Venezuela, during the eighties. After leading a versatile trajectory in which she has made murals for public spaces as well as art installations and other kinds of works, Van Dalen has recently taken up photography again -a medium to which she associated herself during her formative years as a graphic designer- in order to develop the body of work that we are showing today. In the course of this exploration, Van Dalen has found ways to link up with motivating factors from her previous productions, as well as ways to unfold new strategies and artistic configurations that are distinct from those productions.

The show is composed of two installations and two sets or series of photographs that use the line as the main constructive resource and that manifest themselves as mutually interconnected ―as if energy circulated intensively between them, according to artist’s choice of words. One of the installations, Wire Garden, comprises a module or grid of thirty-two rectangles with photographic bases; the other, Power Lines, has its supports in six Arches papers that didn’t undergo prior interventions. Both installations have been worked over with plastic lacings of different colors in each case- that move over the surface of the supporting papers ad are fixed by pins placed at varying distances. This operational set-up creates a series of planes interrelated via dynamic lines. In the photographic series, the lines are constituted into referents of the images: in Electric Blue, lines reduced to their minimal, yet simultaneously powerful presence; in Spatial Stations, lines defining the volumes of those power plants which the images register.

From a discursive perspective, then, High Voltage functions as a deconstruction of the relations between history and contemporaneity in the artistic practice of photography, and as an investigation of the tensions between the abstract and the figurative in current-day photography.

Patricia Van Dalen, Electric Blue 1, 2013, Archival Fine Art print, 5 1/8 x 7 7/8 in.
Patricia Van Dalen, Electric Blue 1, 2013, Archival Fine Art print, 5 1/8 x 7 7/8 in.


About the artist:

Patricia Van Dalen was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela. Currently, she resides and works in Miami and Caracas. She has been exhibited frequently in Venezuela and has received well-known local awards. She has extensively contributed to mural art and artistic interventions in public spaces as well as private residences. Her work has been collected by institutions such as: Museum of Latin American Art, MoLAA, Los Angeles, CA; Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, Fl.; Museo de Bellas Artes, Galería de Arte Nacional, and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, all of them in Caracas, Venezuela, among others.

Patricia Van Dalen, Spatial Station 2, 2013, Archival Fine Art print , 9 5/8 x 24 5/8 in.
Patricia Van Dalen, Spatial Station 2, 2013, Archival Fine Art print , 9 5/8 x 24 5/8 in.

About the curator:

José Antonio Navarrete is a critic and curator residing in Miami, FL. As part of an international academic team, he is currently developing an investigation on the subject of Intellectual Networks: Art and Politic in Latin-America, financed by the “Connecting Art Histories” program of the JP Getty Foundation, 2012-2013. He is also curating the exhibition En el lugar de lo dicho. Exploraciones en el archivo discursivo de la fotografía, promoted by the Centro de Fotografía de Montevideo (Uruguay), which will open in November at the country’s Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales.



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