Aaron Salabarrías is a multidisciplinary artist that employs photography and painting as a recurring medium in his installations to present viewers with a dissimilar view of the tired ‘island paradise’ cliché. By decontextualizing objects, he transforms them into sublime readymades that create a dialogue between the object and the spectator.
In his work, the artist reveals a sly hybridization of humor and irony that references popular and religious Puerto Rican culture: pools, lifesavers, souvenirs and the like. In his readymades, Salabarrías chooses materials derived from plastic and resin to make an argument concerning the substitution of noble materials for man-made ones. All of this to suggest not only the kitschy aspect of the tropical paradise, but also the particularities of our consumer culture.
Aaron Salabarrías received a BA from the Escuela de Artes Plásticas (EAP ) in San Juan, Puerto Rico and a Masters in Painting from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He has shown his work in numerous individual and group shows, art fairs and biennials such as the Havana Biennial, the Museo del Barrio, the Art Museum of the Americas, the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR) and the Art Museum of the University of Chicago. He lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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