Fernando Orellana: SLIDEWAYS

November 18 – December 31, 2011
Opening Friday, November 18, 6-9pm

S A T E L L I T E 6 6
66 6th Street
SF, CA 94103

SAN FRANCISCO, October 11, 2011 – Satellite66 is pleased to present Fernando Orellana’s new series of digital paintings, collectively entitled Slideways. The exhibition is on view from November 18 to December 31, 2011. An opening reception will be held on Friday, November 18, from 6-9pm.

The complex, multi-layered, and often humorous imagery in the series Slideways is produced somewhat automatically. “The initial drawings surface quickly, almost as if they already existed,” Orellana explains, “In many ways, I am just transcribing the images, allowing them to take shape on their own.” To achieve this, Orellana allows his consciousness to be distracted by external influences, which serves to remove deliberate mark-making from the process. Eventually, Orellana “sees” his subjects in the labyrinth of initial lines and embellishes them. The process is thus related to both the occult practices of automatic writing and Freudian ideas of free association.

Orellana uses a Cintiq Wacom Tablet and digital imaging software to create the paintings, which are then printed on a large-format, archival ink jet printer. The resulting paintings are rich with layers of line work and drenched in color.

Currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Art at Union College in Schenectady, NY, Fernando Orellana uses new and traditional media as a way of transmitting concepts that range from generative art to socio-political commentary. He has recently exhibited at Texas A&M University (Texas), the Cultural Center of Spain in El Salvador (San Salvador), Museu dʼArt Contemporani de Barcelona (Spain), Espacio Fundación Telefónica (Argentina), Exit Art (New York), The Tang Museum of Art, (New York), Glass Curtain Gallery (Chicago), The Ark (Ireland), and The Biennial of Electronic Art (Australia).

He is the recipient of a 2009, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Digital/Electronic Arts and a 2010 Full Fellowship Award at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT. He received a Master of Fine Art from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Fine Art with honors at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was born in El Salvador, San Salvador and currently lives in Troy, New York.

Satellite66 is a gallery that promotes art with a technological element. We seek to enrich our neighborhood with regular art exhibitions, and engage in public discourse with experiments in new media. We like to jaywalk the intersection of Art and Technology.

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