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Contemporary Whites | Carolina Sanllehi

Contemporary Whites

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The esthetics of geometric abstraction, optical and kinetic art have been produced and distributed in the Venezuelan media since the last decade. It is possible to affirm that the artistic taste of our country has been impregnated by the investigations, forms and resolutions that characterize these movements. The international success obtained by the masters of kinetic art, Jesús Soto and Carlos Cruz-Diez, and the fact that an important part of his artwork takes place in the main cities of Venezuela, has contributed to this reality nowadays.
In the field of artistic creation, this influence has been also notable. Since the beginning of this esthetics in the 1970 decade, and even when they were discredited in some ways, many artists have followed the visual marks of geometrics and the kinetic movement. Recently, the critical thinking that moves around kinetic art and the unanimous acclamation of its representatives in the international aspect has reinforced these tendencies, allowing the existence of new followers that have created new proposals from the personal point of view, declaring their obvious affinity for the kinetic movement.
Carolina Sanllehi is a Venezuelan young artist that has followed the work of Carlos Cruz-Diez since the beginning. Her artwork is based on the optical effects, but the pieces are not centered in the vibratory behavior of the colors, she avoids the chromatics radically. The use of white as the only color, allows the artist to overlap levels of clear material with patterns and textures. The repetition and the complex structure of nylon threads and acrylic tubes, create a sensation of distortion making the spectator to perceive blurry volatile shapes.
The artwork of Sanllehi is the delicate result of transparencies played with textures achieved only by using nylon and Plexiglas. Her work looks for the subtle contemplation, the apprehension of a movable atmosphere and the appearance of bodies from geometrical shapes.

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