I explore the materiality of language, the poetic, visual and phonetic dimensions of a text or a word. I am drawn to what lies among the uttered and the suppressed. For thinking dictates form, a line, an accent, the cadence of silence, all conform narratives both in drawing and language.
Snippets is a collection of videos of an average duration of 1 minute, of everyday situations that seem to have gone astray. An elevator stops between floors, a woman whispers to herself, a child fumbles for words. Disembodied characters are aware of their absurd fate, while they do not exist except in the viewer’s imaginations. Yet at the end it is all the same, what we don’t see is just as important as what we perceive.
Technically these silent subtitled narratives that derive from my writing fade -in an out-on a black slate devoid or other images. Drawn from the video’s discarded sound, recorded words vibrate in inaudible patterns, becoming the graphic representation of the cadence of my voice.
Artist Bio / CV
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Soledad Arias is an artist living and working in New York City where she received her BFA and MFA from the School of Visual Arts.
Soledad Arias has been exhibiting actively both nationally and internationally in galleries and museums. Venues where her work has been shown include: Atopia, Flm and Videokunst (2010),Oslo, Norway; Massey University Wellington (2010), New Zealand, RMIT University(2009)Melbourne, Australia; PS1 Contemporary Art Center (2008), Sydney Non Objective (2007), Sydney, Australia; Institute of Contemporary Art, (2006), Philadelphia; Jersey City Museum (2006); Socrates Sculpture Park(2005); articule gallery (2003), Montreal, Canada; El Museo del Barrio (2002), NYC; Canolfan Gallery (2001) Nagoya, Japan; The Hickory Art Museum, (1999), Hickory, N.C; The Art Museum of the Americas, (1998),Washington D.C; The Bronx Museum for the Arts (1996),as well as solo gallery shows at Alejandra von Hartz Gallery(2007)Miami, and Gallery Sonja Roesch(2008)in Houston, Texas among others. Her work has been included in private collections in Latin America, Europe, Japan, and the United States. Awards include: The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program (2010-2011) ; The Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada, 2002; MFA Fellowship.School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, 2000; Aim Program. The Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY, NY among others.