Based on nostalgia for his homeland of Puerto Rico, each of Iván Carmona’s sculptures draws from specific landmarks and key aspects of the Puerto Rican landscape. Abstractions of flora, fauna, water, earth, architecture, and specific cultural references come together to recreate the landscape. Teeming with life, these haptic objects, with their saturated colors and evocative forms, transport the viewer to his life and time spent there.
As a youth, Carmona, with the help of his brothers, assisted his father in building the house that he grew up in. This experience of mixing, pouring, and scraping concrete is one that still resonates with the Artist as one of the first tactile experiences he can remember. It’s what initially brought him to work with clay and continues resonate with him over thirty years later. In the work, he adds texture that is reminiscent of the scraping visible in the concrete, and adds small ‘blemishes’ that are evocative of the material properties of concrete and earth.
Representing personal, physical, and emotional experiences, each work recalls a particular moment in his life, and the color that he associates with it.
Iván Carmona lives and works in Portland, Oregon. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Liquillo, Puerto Rico, a small town located nearby the national rain forest, El Yunque.
Iván Carmona: SUBLIME
Exhibition Dates: December 4 – 28, 2019
PDX CONTEMPORARY ART
925 NW Flanders Street
Portland OR 97209