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Reshaping Reality, Shaping Unreality

by Caru Albuquerque

The representation of reality or the creation of new realities from paradigms of the physical world has always been the motto and one of the main inspirations for art. With new technologies, the desire to copy or reconstruct the world has surpassed the art world and entered our lives. Because of that, reality (what we supposedly call "real") has been reconstructed, reinvented, or mixed with fragments. Some examples for virtual and digital modified-reality are what we have as the result of tools such as photoshop and image filters. Some of these modifications even position themselves as "more real than the (so-called) reality" or as a way to substitute the physical life, as fake-reality and VR. This mechanism also happens in analog and physical contexts. Our bodies are an example, when we use analog tools like surgery, body-building, miraculous makeup and implants (like eyelashes or nails), or digital tools like photoshop and filters. This collection is focused on works that somehow bring representation or alteration of the world. You'll see pieces of reality; the reality being distorted; images faking reality, and other possibilities of reshaping and reusing both the physical and the digital world. Some works alter physical objects, transforming their physicality, but keeping them analogical. Others change digital images, resulting in another digital one. Still, others use digital images as a reference for constructing a physical object. They are a path to think about representation, fake reality, copying, false vs. real, copy and original, hybridism, excess of images, appropriation of the real, post-truth, and pseudo-realities that our society started facing some decades ago and each time more rule our life. Because what we call reality no longer allows us to assure to be the reality. And if it is reality, can we say it’s pure and original?

mounted inkjet print,prints

30.00 x 40.00 x 1.00 in

sculpture

38.00 x 28.00 x 15.00 in

shellac ink, graphite and carbonized graphite on rives bfk,drawing,work on paper

29.00 x 22.00 x 1.50 in

archival pigment print,prints

14.00 x 21.00 x 1.00 in

painting,mixed media

64.00 x 46.00 x 2.00 cm

work on paper,drawing,painting

6.00 x 18.00 x 0.25 in

watercolor,collage,work on paper

9.00 x 14.00 x 0.25 in

oil on canvas

56.00 x 68.00 x 2.00 in

photography

18.00 x 41.00 x 1.00 in

collage,mixed media,work on paper

14.00 x 11.00 x 0.25 in

photography

35.00 x 25.00 x 1.00 in

painting

28.00 x 35.00 x 2.00 in

painting,work on paper

14.00 x 10.00 x 0.25 in

sculpture

20.00 x 26.00 x 6.00 in

painting

24.00 x 18.00 x 1.50 in

collage,work on paper

12.00 x 9.00 x 0.25 in

painting,work on paper

24.00 x 18.00 x 0.50 in

sculpture,mixed media

9.50 x 17.00 x 4.00 in

photography,digital media

40.00 x 30.00 x 0.25 in

film and video,installation,digital media

0.25 x 0.25 x 0.25 in

film and video,installation,performance art

36.00 x 36.00 x 36.00 in

photography

15.70 x 23.50 x 1.00 in

painting,fibers and textiles

54.00 x 56.00 x 3.00 cm

photography

20.00 x 30.00 x 1.00 in

sculpture

32.00 x 130.00 x 130.00 in

photography,collage,prints

40.00 x 56.00 x 3.00 in

archival inkjet print,collage,photography,prints

21.50 x 15.50 x 1.00 in

sculpture,film and video,mixed media

168.00 x 240.00 x 240.00 in

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