Chilean artist Santiago Ascui shares the process behind some of his favorite mural projects to date.
“Colors have a lot to do with where the work is set. Once, I painted a mural in a lab where the uniform was blue, so blue was the starting point of the color composition. Generally, I make three or four compositions over a picture where I improvise the sequence of different colors, trying to create an attractive and ludic chromatic situation.”
“In my canvas works, I try to occupy or complement an empty space with figures that fit into planes in a certain manner or shape. In the murals is the same exercise–the only thing that changes is the scale, but the main idea of the composition and administration of color prevails.”
“Basic considerations are the sizes of the walls, illumination, and perspective (how will the viewer see the work, from which distance and angle?). I also consider external elements and the way the space is used–this issue is very influential when deciding colors and forms.”
Damien Davis' February Study Session at the Whitney Museum featured a 99-component, participatory sculptural project inspired by Felix Gonzalez-Torres.