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 â€•as if energy circulated intensively between them, according to artistâ€™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 didnâ€™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.
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, GalerÃa de Arte Nacional, and Museo de Arte ContemporÃ¡neo, all of them in Caracas, Venezuela, among others.