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Web Crawler Painting

Luis Lopez


Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 61 W x 78.7 H x 0.5 D in

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About The Artwork

Piece title: "Web Crawler". Oil on a stretched canvas. Big format scale. In my painting, a huge machine appears as the main character, it has become a large steel spider, camouflaging itself among a large bush of branches, leaves and beautiful flowers. Nature and machine have become one. All these bushes symbolically represent in my painting all the people who use the internet on a daily basis. This great spider-machine is the symbolism of a not too distant dystopian future that awaits us. According to the most used information medium: wikipedia: : "A Web crawler, sometimes called a spider or spiderbot and often shortened to crawler, is an Internet bot that systematically browses the World Wide Web and that is typically operated by search engines for the purpose of Web indexing (web spidering)". Of course, the web crawler system is much more extensive than this brief definition, but based on it my painting took its own path. From this point my work arose, based on the systematic control that we will experience little by little as we depend more and more on the virtual world. In my painting we can also see that the head of this huge mechanical spider is a security camera. This camera is also slightly camouflaged among small tree branches. It is the symbolism of hidden vigilance that watches us metamorphosing between natural beauty, thus becoming a mass surveillance system. This part of the painting reminds us of the famous character "Big Brother is watching you" from Orwell's famous 1984 novel. As a summary my painting can give much more for different opinions, based on the different topics already mentioned. We can get deeper into this great spider web of the virtual world and get lost among the branches of information metaphors.

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:61 W x 78.7 H x 0.5 D in

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I was born in Puerto Rico and I currently live in Germany between the cities of Berlin and Hamburg. I studied Art at the University of Puerto Rico and the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. My work is often intertwined with feelings of ambivalence and metaphorical confrontations. I try to challenge our visual perceptions and our daily routine with a playful irony based on symbols and images, and how other poetic forms of visualization can be reached through them. My pieces are a kind of poetic transducer of modern collective isolation, existential questioning and the displacement of the individual in spaces and situations where uncertainty is an intrinsic part of the work itself. Themes such as the ambiguity of life, poetry, dreams, time, philosophy, literature and man's struggle to survive in his environment are very essential elements of my work. In my case, a painting can take many forms and meanings, while I am in the process of painting, the work slowly metamorphoses and evolves, until it reaches the point of being "finished". In most of my pieces, the result of each work is completely different from what I had in mind at the beginning and that is what I like about painting and drawing, spontaneity, fluidity, not forcing anything but being authentic. In the end, I firmly believe that the work should speak for itself from the moment it leaves the studio. Like a scare in the dark that seizes the viewer and immobilizes him, the work has to create a profound sensation. That is what I try in some way, consciously or unconsciously, to achieve with each of my pieces, to make the viewer think, to put them in a situation of analysis and reaction.

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