When I started trying to promote my own artwork online I kept coming across other people's art that amazed or compelled me in one way or another. This blog has been a way for me to practice thinking and writing about art, as well as learning more about my peers and all the incredible art that is being made out there.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Yosman Botero

paintings are untitled

From a series called "Condensation"  2010  Acrylic on layered plexiglass 28 x 32 x 10 cm

Yosman Botero is a Colombian painter and sculptor. His paintings deal almost exclusively with aerial views of large urban centers, depicting the lights spread out along the arterial highways creating a shimmering pattern on the earth below. Thanks to the ubiquity of airplane travel everyone can immediately recognize these scenes. There is certainly something mesmerizing about staring down from a tiny airplane window at the transformed world lit below, as one descends or takes off in darkness. Mr. Botero captures that gleaming abstract magic, stripping away the constricting frame of the tiny window to leave us floating above it all. There is no judgment here. We may be horrified at how thoroughly mankind has overtaken the land or we may simply be amazed at the marvelous magnitude of our invention. Either way it's an awesome sight.
In his sculptural work he builds up three dimensional images by painting on layers of plexiglass. My favorites of these are haunting, obscure faces that seem to be emerging as from a thick fog. A sense of atmosphere concealing detail, from which reality emerges infuses both approaches. To see more go to: www.behance.net/Yosman

I first came across his work at www.freaksonline.co.uk

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