“A Safe Place To Detonate” is a light-box from the series “Hollywood Never Could Get You Right”. These objects are gif-like, light-driven animations in which prints are [not] still. Light drives the works via timed chromatic changes of the print’s colours – depicting events which are explosive and grotesque, yet harmonious.
This edition is accompanied by JPG files and instructions for flexible installation of 3D wallpaper (optional).
“Hollywood Never Could Get You Right” is about the search for beauty during distressing times, the hunt for hope in the midst of confusion, and the pursuit of solace through the sharing of stories, perspectives and interpretations.
Disparate elements from a wide range of illustration, from the 1800s up to the 1980s, have come together in these digital incarnations which disguise the various cuts and layers of the collage process to give the impression that they have always belonged together. With the work itself coming in a variety of adaptations, such as canvas prints, light boxes and with the incorporation of assemblage.
“Hollywood Never Could Get You Right” is also a love letter to California and all the formative visual influences that helped shape Aranda’s imagination as a child growing up there in the 1980s and 90s, surrounded by the cinema, video games, cartoons, comic books, theme parks and the grandeur of nature.
Series: Hollywood Never Could Get You Right
Signature: This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
Image rights: © J.V. Aranda
John Vincent Aranda is a Collage artist interested in the evolution of the medium during the digital age; the increased accessibility of source imagery now available thanks to the internet and the abundance of tools and resources that allows artists practicing Collage to explore a number of varied roles, such as curator, painter, sculptor, time-traveler and mad scientist. It is the artist’s sincere belief that Collage essentially explores and celebrates the relationship between the world’s collective visual history and it’s viewers, through the unorthodox means of destruction, manipulation and reconstruction, in order to create something new and reflective of the time in which these previously unconnected elements were reconfigured as a Collage. J.V. is originally from San Diego, California, has studied at Camberwell College of Arts and Central Saint Martins in London and now resides on the moon.
–A Safe Place To Detonate, Darling’s Attic, produced by Darling Pearls & Co, curated by Alessandra Falbo, April-August 2018 (London, UK).
-DO, UNDO, REDO, MA Degree Show, Central Saint Martins, May 2016 (London, UK).