“app 4 revealing other selves”

image of girl facing mirror in the bathroom by Gabriel Navar. Girl is sticking out her tongue, making faces at her other self

“app 4 revealing other selves”
acrylic, oil, ink & pencils on paper
30″ x 22 1/4″ © 2011 Gabriel Navar

app para revelar otros seres app 4 revealing other selves
Esta pintura es como un nuevo comienzo para mí, pero también un escisión de los temas que he estado trabjando desde aproximadamente el año 2003 que refieren a una variedad de temas que superficialmente confrontan al espectador con la omnipresencia de la tecnología. Dentro del marco del equipo de Windows, YouTube y media social, esta obra “inicia” mis investigaciones de las aplicaciones ubicuas. Por supuesto, el tema es una continuacion de mis preocupaciones con el teatro humano, pero en este caso, estoy interesado en la creacion, en la invencion de absurda aplicaciones que a menudo son muy necesarias para revelar, sanar, conectar, o de alguna manera “arreglar” y corregir una deficiencia, una urgencia, la necesidad, un defecto, etc.

La imagen de la pintura “app para revelar otros seres” demuestra lo fácil que puede ser tener nuestro “aparato inteligente”, descargar o escanear un código QR y revelar, redescubrir o incluso nosotros mismos desenterrar nuestros otros seres para confrontar a otros planos complejos del microcosmos dentro de nuestra psiques… disfrute !


This painting is a sort of new beginning for me, yet also a spin-off of the themes that I’ve been working on since about 2003 which deal with a variety of themes yet superficially confront the viewer with the pervasiveness of technology. Within the framework of computer windows, youtube and social media, this piece “kicks off” my investigations into the ubiquitous world of apps. Of course, the subject matter is a continuation of my preoccupations with the human theater, but in this specific case, I am interested in creating, in inventing absurd yet often much needed applications that reveal, heal, connect, or otherwise “fix” and correct a deficiency, urge, need, short-comings, etc.

The image on the painting “app 4 revealing other selves” demonstrates how easy it may be to take our smart device, download or scan a QR code and reveal, re-discover or even disinter our other selves to confront those complex other planes and microcosms within our psyches… enjoy!


One thought on ““app 4 revealing other selves”

  1. Being an expressionist in our current world, i often wonder “what is the now?” Studying expressionists of the past and how they were able to convey their internal emotions into outward expressions is often easier than critiquing current expressionists… perhaps hindsight is, in fact, 20/20. However then i come across your art… i read the pictures and listen to the words. I read your poems in spanish and in english and see yet another way you are conveying your internal perspectives into external expressions… and how it correlates with our modern day society which consumes us all. Your art work opens a gate leading to the path of our new, often yet to be recognized society. So in art the phrase “ahead of their time” is often used.. and here, again, i see it an absolutely fitting phrase.
    gracias por compartiendo

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