PERFORMING THE SELF AND OTHER SELVES
Performing the self and other selves by artist Odalis Valdivieso presents a new series of works on paper within The Bass’ Walgreens Windows project space. For this installation, the artist merges the storefront display and the realm of public space with her presentation of flat and folded paper artworks.
Valdivieso’s practice often utilizes paper folding and printmaking as a trompe-l’œil strategy to subvert our understanding of painting, photography, and drawing. This process reflects her current interest in vectorization and abstraction, which are employed in the making of flat, 2-D forms associated with portraits, natural and urban landscapes.
For Performing the self and other selves, Valdivieso applies the concept of atmospherics to design an environment, which physically and conceptually illuminates the corporeal relationship between people and objects in space, with gel filters and targeted lighting. The work aims to stimulate perceptual and emotional responses from the public, and to ultimately affect their behavior.
While a store environment is designed as a space that guides and influences consumer choices and decision-making, what happens when the space is conceived for an art exhibition?
Odalis Valdivieso was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Her work has been featured in exhibitions such as Nearly Contemporary, ArtCenter South Florida; Invisible, Centro Cultural Chacao, Caracas; Arrhythmic Suite, MDC Museum of Art+Design, Miami; The Sinking Parenthesis, Central Fine, Miami; This is not a Museum, Centro Cultural Español, Miami; Paper Folding, Alejandra von Hartz Gallery and Dimensions Variable, Miami; Grid’s World, Locusts Projects, Miami; Object Implied, Emerson Dorsch, Miami; New Work Miami 2010 and 2013, Miami Art Museum; 365 Lives, Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art; Practices Remain, Regina Rex, New York; among others. She was the recipient of the 2004 and 2014 South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship, the Wavemaker Grant, as well as various Miami-Dade Community Grants. Her residencies include Brooklyn Public Library, New York and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami.