Carlos Vega uses large-scale lead plates, stamps, oil paint and collage in new works that reference the traditional latticed screens of his native Melilla, a Spanish city in North Africa. His solo exhibition Tearing & Lifting is on now at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York. (Above: Not Loud Enough, 2012, stamps and oil paint on lead, 60 x 48″)
The architectural elements, made from ornamental patterns, function as windows in homes and convents, keeping interiors private but allowing a vista to the outdoors. Vega transforms large-scale malleable lead plates through engraving and deep cuts, producing geometric designs that play with ideas of seeing and being seen.
Vega’s new work also includes figuration, in Don’t Tell Me You Can’t (above: 2012, stamps and oil paint on lead, 83 x 60″). It depicts a man bearing the weight of a massive donkey, disguised as a deer, with antlers encrusted by images of political, national and social leaders. Vega uses this image to forward his egalitarian view in which any individual can make a significant contribution to their generation.
Carlos Vega was born in Melilla, Spain and lives and works in New York.
Gallery website, here.
Images courtesy Jack Shainman gallery