LOOK AT THE PARKING LOT
Jos (Look at The Parking Lot) is an artist based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Through his work as a film music composer he became familiar with plastic arts, literature and finally, digital art. The digital collages he creates are his intuitive way of constructing a modest world of colors, perspectives and superpositions. He began his work as a collagist less than a year ago, without having a concrete idea of what style would govern his art he has developed a palette of soft colors and textures which present as minimal and sophisticated renderings. A kind of aesthetic simplicity where despite the elaboration that the pieces have, they are understood at a glance. There is some humour in the way his work is presented with a layer of surrealism in the construction.
Who are your creative inspirations and why?
I’m fortunate to be inspired by the vast amount of art I see. When I studied music we had a plastic art subject where I learned to admire the impressionists: their use of light and their construction of textures fascinated me. I like very much the minimalist works and a good part of the futurist compositions to which I had access. At some point I found my language in my desire to travel through all these styles. Surrealism as a concept, minimalism as a mandate, tones and soft but defined textures. The truth is that I admire the work of dozens of colleagues who also make collages and I learn a lot from their works. And above all, I am inspired by the beauty of the photos that I use for the construction of a photo montage. I love photography, but I’m not good at taking pictures, so I select them and transform them. There is an important value in the choice of the parts because each one is a trigger that takes you to another one and together they all acquire a new meaning. Finding a way to make them communicate with each other and make it seem like they are one and were never separate parts, no matter how absurd the result looks, is what motivates me most and makes me enjoy this whole thing.
If you could travel to any time in history to be an artist which era would you choose?
If I could travel back in time I would go sit next to the artists I admire and watch them work. It would be an infinite journey through many, many years. Luckily the 20th century was also full of wonderful artists and the 21st century is bringing new ways of making art and they are really interesting. Since I can travel in time, I would go into the future too, to see how many new ways we will have to compose a work.
Is there a message in your work and how would you describe it?
I don’t know if it’s a message, really, but I realized that most of my work reveals my way of seeing things, and finally, my convictions. I think we are insignificant and that’s why I try to make my characters small in wide spaces. I think we are as beautiful as we are ridiculous and that what happens to us is as wonderful as it is absurd. That idea has become part of my humor so I try to keep it in mind in my scenes.