Hi, I’m Carlos alias chr5. I am digital artist, graphic designer and writer based in Spain. I develop a creative activity that moves between digital art, documentary, graphic design, and graphic programming oriented to geometry.
I could say that I make art because I consider it to be a worthy way of facing existence and transforming the world.
There are three issues that concern me in art and in life, and they have accompanied me throughout my artistic career. These are: to recover the sacred gaze of my indigenous ancestors on nature, through the investigation of their engravings on stones and other archaeological remains that we have. Another topic would be the relationship between the rational and the irrational in the human being. I develop this question through my architectures and my We Robots series. Finally I am interested in graphical programming, geometry and generative art design.
Recover the indigenous gaze
The sacred gaze of our ancestors is a gaze full of respect for nature. Preaxial cultures, mainly animistic, recognized the soul in all things. This sacred or religious look at nature made it something respectable. Something with its own will. Faced with the commodification of the world, the indigenous gaze allows me to recover the primitive, magical and animist gaze, a gaze that is necessary for us to achieve a balance.
And first steps in art consisted in exploring the indigenous identities of the inhabitants of the Canary Islands through the vegetal symbols in plants and animals.
Generative Art: the world as a labyrinth
Another characteristic of our world is that we live in the saturation and complexity of information. This excess of information is a double-edged sword. The silver lining has to do with the fact that we have never had so much knowledge freely available at our disposal. The flip side of this abundance is that we need the right tools to interpret and navigate all this informational complexity. This excess can saturate us and prevent us from properly interpreting reality. The concept of reality is currently subject to the imperatives of information. In this sense, my interest lies in making visible aspects of our world that can facilitate its understanding.
In 2015 I began to take the first steps in this direction through my generative art work Binary Structures. Binary Structures is a creative game through generative art with processing.org that visualizes a random series of simple 0’s and 1’s using colored lines. This exercise helps me understand how to go from a basic data to a visualization.
Robots in the dialectic of the rational
The world that we have lived in is a constructed, built world, a rational world directed by architecture and efficiency. Architecture defines space and this structures our mind. That geometric reality contrasts with the intimate architecture of our body, our emotions and our instincts.
My new collection WeRobots reflects on the dialectic of the rational and the irrational in the human being. This contradiction is represented through architecture and the body. Why do we inhabit a geometric world if our body is organic? How would that subject be totally adapted to the constructed world? What kinds of things do robots dream about?
- Mazes, on Opensea, 04,2021
- Awwa Art en Museo del Pescador, Tenerife, Spain, 2019.
- Jardín de las Ideas, Tenerife, Spain, 2017
- Living Creatures, Sala de Arte Arucas, Spain, 2016
- Binary Structures, Círculo de Bellas Artes de Tenerife, Spain, 2015
- Isla 2.0, Sala Awwa Art, San Andrés y Sauces, La Palma, Spain, 2013
- Living Creatures, Sala del Cabildo del Hierro, Spain, 2012
- Living Creatures, Sala de Arte O’Daly , Santa Cruz de La Palma, 2012