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Purgatory, 2012 Ceramic 84" X 42" X 40" © Diana Madriaga
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Unconscious Desire, 2012 Ceramic, Pallet Wood Variable © Diana Madriaga
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Numb, 2012 Ceramic, Pallet Wood Variable © Diana Madriaga
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Enough of Me, 2012 Ceramic, Pallet Wood Variable © Diana Madriaga
Aftermath 2012

California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
March 14th, 2012 - March 24th, 2012
Opening: March 16th, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.calstatela.edu/
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
downtown/east la
PHONE:  
323-343-4040
OPEN HOURS:  
Monday - Thursday 12:00-5:00pm, Saturday 12:00-5:00pm
SCHOOL ASSOCIATION:  
California State University Los Angeles (CSULA)
TAGS:  
sculpture

DESCRIPTION

Diana Madriaga employs clay and wood to produce sculptures that engage the viewer in an allegorical narrative while refrencing the very processes of producing art.

While mostly unseen, the ordinary pallet serves a vital function in the transporation of art materials; it is a construction designed to bear weight.  Madriaga's large clay construction of pallets into a cube references minimalism and also becomes a metaphor of childhood memories, collected and stacked over teh years, forming a fragile construction. 

Releasing the hidden potential, Madriaga takes the very wood from the once-used pallets and transforms the materials back into abstract gestures of the very source from which they originated: the tree.  These gestures of the trucks and branches characterize the sporatic nature of growth as well as the effects of outside forces - including knots and breaks, twists and turns - and are metaphors for the forces which contribute to the shapes of our own character.