STAPLES PAINTING nº 012
POPULATION, SURVIVES ON LESS THAN $ 2 A DAY. WHILE
20% OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION OWNS 90% OF THE
THE RICH GET RICHER. THE POOR BECOME POORER.
The Luis Vidal new works alludes to how social classes in power
become wealthier at the expense of the poor and how these are in
turn becoming even poorer.
The works are produced currently in his studio in San Juan,
Puerto Rico. This series, titled "Staples Paintings," consists of a
series of paintings done entirely with apparel that has been
gathered from organizations devoted to the needy, poor families
living in the streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The items of clothes
are cut one by one to shape different patterns of the luxury
industry; the fabrics are stapled onto wooden stretchers,
previously being padded with synthetic fiber for a “cushioning”
effect. Among the many prints are Gucci, Burberry, Fendi, Louis
Vuitton, Chanel, Hermes, Givenchy, etc..
Born in Barcelona in 1970, Luis Vidal who lives and works between
Barcelona, Spain and San Juan, Puerto Rico, E.E.U.U, is one of
Spain's most internationally renowned artists. He has exhibited in
Germany, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Canada, Brazil, Italy,
Argentina, Mexico, Peru and the U.S. His work lies somewhere
between social engagement and the most innovative artistic
practices, revolving around social issues polemics.