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Scoop Art’s Inspiring Conceptual Artists of 2015

Posted on September - 15 - 2015

Since the late 1960’s conceptual art has been used as a tool in expression and representation of controversial themes such as technology, politics, and social issues. By integrating the artwork, spectator and artist, an “untraditional” way of experiencing art was born. This type of unconventional art was now a gateway for the manifestation of unconformity with society, as artists proved that by annihilating aesthetic principles you could also create necessary dialogues among individuals. 

Below, find three amazing conceptual artists (sold on Scoop Art!) who are advancing the movement in Latin America.

1. Crack Rodriguez

Artwork: “On VW”

Technique: Photography printer in cotton 100%

As a nod to Allan Kaprow’s term “happenings,” Crack Rodriguez flipped over a vehicle in one of the busiest intersections within the historical centre of San Salvador leaving there to stir the curiosity of passers-by. This particular car—a VW Beetle or affectionately a “bug”— is the most popular model produced by Volkswagen and is commonly referenced as “the people´s car.” This reference, and Rodriguez active engagement of people on the street, is an intervention that sparks curiosity to make onlookers accomplices to his act.

Referring to his art, Crack Rodriguez has said, “I give the ingredients, whoever can cook if he wants”. In conceptual art, handing power over to the spectator is a common characteristic, as only each individual can interpret the artwork and shape their own judgement.

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Crack Rodriguez “On VW”

2. Antonio Pichillá

Artwork: “Amarillo Anudado” (for more here)

Technique: Oil on Canvas, Wood and Metal

Many of Pichillá’s masterpieces draw inspiration from Mayan rituals, images, and objects. These forms of artistic expression are vibrantly tied to the concept of time, a subject that is often front and center in the artist’s works of art. “I believe in artistic expression as a product of the everyday. I situate myself within this perspective, materializing though ephemeral objects, like a candle that is lit, is consumed and finished,” says Pichillá.

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Antonio Pichillá “Amarillo Anudado”

3. Mauricio Esquivel

Artwork: “Eraser Home” Series, “Without Title” Displacement Line Series

By turning erasers or coins into conceptual art, Mauricio Esquivel changes their function and purpose to create a dialogue about powerful issues such as violence or a country’s history.

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Mauricio Esquivel “Eraser Home Series”

By: Daniela Serra