Sanchez Contemporary presents Adrian Delgado’s “Contrapposto”.
The “Contrapposto” series was inspired by the current political tension in America. The intention of this series is to discredit the stereotype and oxymoron:“immigrants are lazy and are stealing our jobs” by documenting said individuals and their lives, struggles and contributions. Contrapposto is an extremely important sculptural development in Western art, its appearance marks the first time that the human body is used to express a psychological disposition. The balanced, harmonious pose suggests a calm and relaxed state of mind, an evenness of temperament that is part of the ideal of man represented.
Within this series Adrian seeks to showcase objects in their form, color, and relation to space. Adrian uses hues of different colors in the highlights and shadows of the objects, which introduces an expressive, emotive aspect in his work. The artist uses texture and brushwork to move the eye within the work.
Contrapposto is about Americans, it has a depth. The people represented in these paintings are hard workers, people who hold this country together, some of them do jobs others wouldn’t do; they represent my family, your family, our ancestors and the foundation of this country. To be American is to seek and seize opportunity. The artist’s ultimate goal is to invoke the viewer to find both a universal and personal connection to the artwork, for the viewer to recognize their own privileges and how their ancestors (ultimately who were immigrants to this country) contributed to the history of America.