FABIAN UGALDE - born. Querétaro, Mexico 1967 - Fabián Ugalde is an accomplished painter and graphic artist renowned for his exploration of the evolving history of painting and image-making in popular culture, as well as their integration into our collective memory and contemporary experiences. In a visually saturated world characterized by the recycling and reinterpretation of images and symbols, Ugalde constructs a visual language going back to the essence of aesthetics: mathematics. Applying symmetry, proportion, repetition, and sequence with painterly and collage techniques in computer software, he skillfully manipulates and transforms iconic images from Western art history and pop culture, to create something new.
In his “Signal Failures” series, we see the original image of historical artworks are “pulled apart” to both distort the original image and call attention to the technology used to distort -- the inkjet printer. This series invites contemplation of the advancements and limitations of contemporary technology in the image-making process, blurring the boundaries between printer and painter, machine and human. In his “Expanded” series, images of historical works are multiplied in kaleidoscopic sequences, symbolizing the expansion of meaning within our collective memory over time. This transformative process results in entirely new artworks imbued with fresh significance.
The artist’s investigation extends to the mechanisms by which art assumes the status of iconography, as well as the systems that perpetuate the selection of particular images as iconic. In his work, Ugalde critically examines the intricate relationship between art history and the contemporary art world, employing distortion and reconstruction as metaphors. Moreover, this inquiry encompasses the active role of the spectator/participant in this dynamic interplay.