Denis Luzuriaga‘s The Future is a multimedia installation that deals with language and communication. Specifically, what happens when an attempt at communication breaks down because of technological rather than language barriers. In an era when the methods for communicating are so extensive, how is it that “the message” so often fails to get through? Instead of helping us to speak directly and with clear meaning in any language, technology seems to have given us so many choices that one becomes unsure of which is the best method. An unanswered phone call usually signals one to send a text instead (don’t leave a voice message, dummy). But will that text ever be read? Am I making myself clear?
Denis Luzuriaga was born in Quito, Ecuador to a German mother and Ecuadorian father. He spent his formative years in the US, Brazil, and Ecuador. Luzuriaga combines video, painting, and sound in what can be termed “sense-scapes.” His installation pieces rely on the subtle use of materials, and careful integration into new or existing spaces. He lists some of his influences as: Ecuadorian artist Gonzalo Endara Crow, writers Gabriel García Marquez and Carlos Castañeda, The New Leipzig School artist Neo Rausch, pop artist Ron English, painter John Currin, and conceptual artist Nam June Paik.
ON SHOWING ARTWORK AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT
As a Holyoke artist, I welcome the opportunity to engage in an artistic dialog with my fellow exhibitors, the organizers, and the fair people of Florence.