Unlike production photographs that are by nature a form of re-enactment, Valdivieso’s photographs mirror dynamic compositions, originated by an indefinite process of manual and digital manipulation. In her work, she uses prints that pass through a process of been torn, painted over with gouache, glued with paint chips, then re-photographed, re-scanned, and manipulated with computer software. The order can change and be repeated multiple times. After being printed, the photographs are folded to give the illusion of a painted canvas, freeing them from negotiations with additional decorative components such as the frame or the glass.
She comments on her work:
“My recent work stands for something in particular. The images express concept and material, but lack specific narratives. They seek to deconstruct the fetishization of photographic technology and realism. Insisting on an endless deferral of meaning, avoiding romantic notions of transcendent artistic creation in or of itself. They layer further geometries atop the picture surface, while embedding a sense of temporal and topographic movement within the image. They are nothing more than what they are: simple paper objects.”
Odalis Valdivieso was born in Caracas, Venezuela. She currently lives and works in Miami. She has been featured in exhibitions such as Practices Remain, Regina Rex, Queens, Recent Works, Le Cloître et L’église des Billettes, Paris, SET, Bridge Red Studios – Project Space, North Miami, Noise Field, Dorsch Gallery, Miami, New Work Miami 2010, Miami Art Museum, Miami, After Process, Miami Beach Regional Library, Ocupa, Far Side Gallery, Miami, Urban Interventions, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, El Rosario, Talking Heads, Girls Club, Fort Lauderlade, and Fragile Global Performance Chain Journey, Florence, to name a few. The rest of the series of Paper Folding will be simultaneously on view at the Miami Art Museum, as part of New Work Miami 2013, and at Alejandra von Hartz Gallery at the project room.