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Time to be good

Time To Be Good

Time ,  2017 Gouache on dry embossed paper 100 x 70 cm

Time, 2017
Gouache on dry embossed paper
100 x 70 cm

Time to be good is a group of paintings on dry embossed paper. These series show different color palettes as the result of a glitch while searching in Google. Google has its own Artificial Intelligence and offers a variety of tools to satisfy our urge of obtaining quick answers. Google is our library, our doctor, our confessional, our guide... our Oracle.

The work is structured in four parts: I Ask, They Wonder, You Travel and We Say.

I ask

Due to a weak signal of the network, while introducing at Google Images a series of ontological and abstract questions, a latency causes an error when loading the image: only one color rectangle appears. After a second, the glitch disappears and the image is fully loaded.

For a moment, Google offers a chromatic response. An exercise of synaesthesia offered accidentally by an Artificial Intelligence System. This chromatic response becomes the palette with which I articulate a visual language.

Humility, 2017 Gouache on dry embossed paper 42 x 29,7 cm

Humility, 2017
Gouache on dry embossed paper
42 x 29,7 cm

Chastity, 2017 Gouache on dry embossed paper 42 x 29,7 cm

Chastity, 2017
Gouache on dry embossed paper
42 x 29,7 cm

Pride, 2017 Gouache on dry embossed paper 42 x 29,7 cm

Pride, 2017
Gouache on dry embossed paper
42 x 29,7 cm

Lust, 2017 Gouache on dry embossed paper 42 x 29,7 cm

Lust, 2017
Gouache on dry embossed paper
42 x 29,7 cm

They wonder

Google Trends offers annually a list of the most searched questions in Spain. Unlike I Ask, in these series of works, people ask and I answer. I apply the principle of immediacy trying to respond in a chromatic and symbolic way with the first image that comes to mind when reading the question.

What if there was no Sun, nor Moon and the Earth stopped spinning? ,  2017 Gouache on dry embossed paper 50 x 50 cm

What if there was no Sun, nor Moon and the Earth stopped spinning?, 2017
Gouache on dry embossed paper
50 x 50 cm

What is the most translated word? ,  2017 Gouache on embossed paper 50 x 50 cm

What is the most translated word?, 2017
Gouache on embossed paper
50 x 50 cm

How to be a happy and charismatic model? ,  2017 Gouache on dry embossed paper 50 x 50 cm

How to be a happy and charismatic model?, 2017
Gouache on dry embossed paper
50 x 50 cm

What should I do when I'm bored, sad and depressed? ,  2017 Gouache on dry embossed paper 50 x 50 cm

What should I do when I'm bored, sad and depressed?, 2017
Gouache on dry embossed paper
50 x 50 cm

You travel

The farthest place you can travel through Google Maps for answers is Mercury.

Mercury Boulevard is a set of 54 paintings representing some of the 763 cataloged craters of Mercury. The scientific community assigns to each crater the surname of illustrious figures in the world of the Arts and Humanities.

In each paint I use the color provided by Google Images when typing each of the surnames. As a group, the paints resemble a game of cards, an ancestral element of consultation to The Oracle.

Mercury Boulevard, 2017
Gouache on dry embossed paper
18 x 25 cm each

Dali ,  2017 Gouache on dry embossed paper 18 x 25 cm

Dali, 2017
Gouache on dry embossed paper
18 x 25 cm

Munch ,  2017 Gouache on dry embossed paper 18 x 25 cm

Munch, 2017
Gouache on dry embossed paper
18 x 25 cm

Disney ,  2017 Gouache on dry embossed paper 18 x 25 cm

Disney, 2017
Gouache on dry embossed paper
18 x 25 cm

Mozart ,  2017 Gouache on dry embossed paper 18 x 25 cm

Mozart, 2017
Gouache on dry embossed paper
18 x 25 cm

We say

According to Google, the most used words in English are:  

  • Noun: Time

  • Verb: Be

  • Adjective: Good

  • Pronoun: To

Time to be good, 2017 Gouache on dry embossed paper 100 x 70 cm

Time to be good, 2017
Gouache on dry embossed paper
100 x 70 cm

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