Salomon Huerta wants to make work that makes the viewer question his or her own identity; he does this by forcing the viewer to draw his own conclusions about the real people behind his portraits
The perception of identity has been a consistent concern in Huerta’s oeuvre. In previous works the artist painted images of the back of a sitter’s head or figure, thus erasing or concealing the subject’s identity. In his recent solo show the mask, not unlike the back of the head or figure, omits the identifying features of the face. These double portraits illustrate the ability to depict multiple identities. Huerta has expanded this portrayal of the sitter from erasing or leveling of identity to creating a dual identity, that of the subject and that of the subject as luchador. His palette is usually vibrant and shocking, generously rendered with thick brushstrokes.
Huerta subverts the conventions of traditional portraiture where the artist attempts to reveal the sitter’s inner thoughts, prestige or social stature. In these paintings, character is not found in something so obvious, but rather in the details we do not see. Huerta exploits the limitations of what a non-portrait cando and consequently defies the viewer’s expectations of what a portrait can convey.
bron: LBCC Art Gallery
Salomón Huerta’s paintings of California style houses (multimedia presentation QT)