Structure and Fragments
By Anne Huntington
This is an invitation to experience the transformation of ordinary tools through extraordinary means. The actual tool is abstracted, transformed and ultimately brought back to its original materialistic state – be it a book, tape, scissor, pencil, paper, or a cassette tape. This process is the heart of Quirarte & Ornelas, always adapting and appropriating the meaning – accepting the actual object, embracing the form and function, and transforming it into the desired work. This is a unstructured path, yet structured, fragmented by the material before us; a path changing, molding and evolving into something new and fresh, always true to form.
The cyclical nature of Structures and Fragments leads us through a journey of understanding the metamorphosis of the form and its function. This journey questions our perception of real and abstract, of the natural order – what came first, the structure or the fragment, and of what really stands before us. Questions suggest, perplex, and enlighten. The answers are ultimately found within us, guided by what stands before us. This body of work powerfully pushes and pulls these identities, these notions, through paradoxically simple and complex paintings and installations.
Quirarte & Ornelas take us one step further, sharing the entire creative process by exhibiting both paintings and installations for the first time. The momentum and dynamic force shines through the realization of the conceptual abstraction and actual works existing, playing, and speaking together. This dialogue is part of the whole. Part fragmented and part structured, but always whole. Completeness combines and connects fluidly, defining the paintings and installations simultaneously as Structure and Fragment.
The structure stands strong; bridging the figurative into the literal, presenting on two-dimensional fields with three dimensional execution. The actualization of the paintings and installations coexist – the final alongside the inspiration, respectively. We simultaneously experience the muse and how the works came to be, a process usually developed and shown only in the studio.
Quirarte & Ornelas make everyday tools the focus and give these traditional materials deeper meaning. The construction and deconstruction of the works are cyclical; working together in both structured and fragmented fashions. The process is the presentation and the structure is the fragment – the cycle is complete.
This journey challenges our structured and fragmented perceptions, suggesting and inviting us into a total awareness of the ordinary through extraordinary art.