Dread Pirate Roberts

No Longer Available

Completed

2021

Medium

Acrylic and Molding Paste on Panel

Dimensions

18”x 24” x 2”

Cost

$4200

Description

Much of our modern lives have become centered around consumption.  While we may consume more than our fair share of resources, what I am most interested in is the way we consume information. We are bombarded with a constant stream of information, shaping our opinions and eroding our ability to see objectively.  Much of the this data has been manipulated or sugar coated to become palatable. Headlines intentionally mislead and details are lacking.  All to attain to more clicks and for faster, easier consumption. Amidst all this- How can we determine what is real?

The collection of work in Triple Blind pushes this concept of the illusion of reliable sources even further as reporting becomes several times removed from its original form. The collection consists of a series of paintings I call Micro Truths. The reference photos for these paintings are created using photos obtained from a brief Google search. Each photo, while on display on the laptop screen, is then photographed using a smart phone. After which each photo is downloaded onto photoshop and edited. The result is a highly pixilated image which renders the subject matter unrecognizable and abstract.

I create these paintings using cake decorating tools; piping the heavy acrylic medium directly on the surface. The end result is a painting that appears to be made entirely of frosting.  The resulting texture of the surface not only engages the audience, but invites the viewer to touch. This facet of the work further calls our interaction with media into examination; the smooth black mirror we are continuously interacting with is a direct juxtaposition to the complex and varied surface of the paintings

My work has always questioned our complex relationship with reality. Previous work examined narcissism in the age of the selfie, weapons, currency, and whistle blowers. Currently, I am intrigued by the complexity of information and how it is disseminated and less focused on a particular topic. The subject matter in each photo shares a common theme in that they were all covered extensively by corporate media. Whether the reporting was viewed with skepticism, reverence, or disgust, they were subjects I felt were due closer examination. Subjects include currently recognizable figures with high pop media visibility, Jeffery Epstein, Julian Assange, Ross Ulbricht, Greta Thurnberg, and Elon Musk. Topical subjects also include melting polar icecaps/climate change, forest fires in Australia, social conflict, and the events of September 11.

About this Artist

Lisa Alonzo

Born in rural Northern California, Alonzo grew up working on her family’s Christmas tree farm, dreaming one day of becoming either a Veterinarian, a Librarian or a Cake Decorator. She went on to study Painting at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and has shown her work extensively in the US for the last ten years. For the last 10 years Alonzo has been using her unique painting technique to explore uncomfortable themes and make them more palatable by rendering them as bright, colorful and intricate cakes. Specifically drawn to our cultures consumption of information, media or other imagery in pop culture, Alonzo questions our ability to decipher between what is real and what is an illusion. Utilizing her material to create a visual and tactile experience for the viewer, Alonzo paints using acrylic gel medium, piped onto the surface using pastry bags and tips- the paint looks like…
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