173 Days in The Tropical Forest Latitude 18º 23' 26.88" N. Longitude 66º 22.93" W. Bo. Maricao, Vega Alta P.R.
In the Bakery Annet Gelink Gallery proudly presents the second exhibition by Chemi Rosado Seijo (Vega Alta, 1973). Rosado Seijo shows new works, which represent a retreat to the artist's roots. In his hometown in the Northern Tropical forest of Puerto Rico, Chemi left pre-prepared white canvases in the forest, registering the passing of time. Humidity, animals, insects, larva, rain, sun and other elements left their mark.
After some time, the artist eliminates the loose parts with a small paint-brush, whilst adding a white edge all around the canvas. Here, he adds a text describing the process of the painting endurance and its references to other artists. For instance 45 days in the tropical Forest, Under the Pomarroso, with Andy, Julio and DJ Maria. Bo. Maricaeo VA PR 06 refers to both the tree where the artist left the blank canvas, and its time frame. The names refer to Andy Warhol, Julio Suarez and Mariahuana, who have influenced the artist for this work.
Rosado Seijo also shows sculptures of found objects, which lie on the bakery's floor. These objects, which he found in the tropical forest, are contrary to what one might expect, made from materials such as metal or plastic - materials usually not associated with nature. But in the course of time - similar to the paintings - nature took over, covering the unnatural surfaces with vegetation and those elements belonging to the tropical forest.