Rafael Vega

Region: Midwest

Departing from any subject matter that can be construed as an image or even an abstracted image, my principal interest is to explore the formal transactions within the picture plane to make an abstract painting. Questions about the idea of a painting as a window and a wall, the flat support, labor, and the connection between form and content are raised by the use of simple maneuvers in the application of pigment, the use of limited palette, and the repetition of forms. Understanding the structure, constitution, and construction of the artwork in these basic terms can provide some insight about the pertinence of doing abstraction today.