RAUL DE LA TORRE

RAUL DE LA TORRE The starting point and inspiration of Poèmes is a series of verses from the catalan poet Miquel Marti i Pol. Poems that reflect loss but not always sadness.
 
The color is used as a code to represent times, places and people left behind. Some of them are embroidered forever in our memory turning to form part of our DNA. To represent the firmness and strength of that past the cotton is mixed with the paint in the works to form a unity.

FILS I COLORS
 
I first began to make cuts with a razor 15 years ago, shortly after reading an interview with Catalan artist, Joan Miro.  In it, he said: “I want to assassinate painting.”  That started the process and, from there, I created a series of works on canvas that involved large cuts on canvas filled with materials such as cardboard, old-t-shirts and paper.  Six years ago, I decided to explore the combination of color and destruction of the working surface, and that was the beginning of “THREADS AND COLORS – FILS I COLORS.”  
 
In FILS I COLORS, I always start by working with paint, make cuts on the paper or canvas, and then fill those gaps by embroidering with cotton thread.  This adds textures to the work, and is an attempt to find life and movement, and to a create a more dynamic surface.  The embroidery is meant to represent those experiences as a part of our DNA.  It is also essential that the different combinations of colors represent emotions and interpretations for each individual interacting with the works. 
 
I like to make people think.  For the most part, people are hooked all day to a screen that is telling them what to do, what to watch, what to buy, etc.  I want to make them think, feel, talk.  For me, each work of the series represents many things: moods, people, moments, life experiences.  I can remember the moment each was made and why I chose the particular colors I did.  You have to feel what it represents for you.

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POEMES CIII
Mixed Media on Canvas
48 X 48 in
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POEMES CII
Mixed Media on Canvas
36 X 72 in
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BROOKLYN: WHERE I FRENCH-KISSED THE ROSES IN THE RAIN
Mixed Media on Canvas
14 X 11 in
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BROOKLYN: INTO EVERY MORNING BEFORE THE TYRANNY OF FRACTIONS
Mixed Media on Canvas
14 X 11 in
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BROOKLYN: I THINK I WAS IMAGINING NIGHT-SWIMMING
Mixed Media on Canvas
14 X 11 in
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BROOKLYN: WILL ENJOY THE SUNSET, THE POURING-IN OF THE FLOOD-TIDE
Mixed Media on Canvas
14 X 11 in
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BROOKLYN: THE CURRENT RUSHING SO SWIFTLY AND SWIMMING WITH ME FAR AWAY
Mixed Media on Canvas
14 X 11 in
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POEMES CL
Mixed Media on Canvas
48 X 48 in
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FILS I COLORS DX
Mixed Media on Canvas
30 X 48 in
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FILS I COLORS DXII
Mixed Media on Canvas
30 X 40 in
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BROOKLYN: RECEIVE THE SUMMER-SKY, YOU WATER
Mixed Media on Canvas
14 X 11 X 1.5 in
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BROOKLYN: HE MADE THE WIND BLOW AND CLEAR THE FOG
Mixed Media on Canvas
14 X 11 X 1.5 in
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FILS I COLORS CDXVIII
Mixed Media on Paper
30 X 22 in
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FILS I COLORS CDLXXIX
Mixed Media on Paper
30 X 22 in
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FILS I COLORS CDLXIX
Mixed Media on Paper
30 X 22 in
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FILS I COLORS CDLX
Mixed Media on Paper
30 X 22 in
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POEMES LXXXIII
Mixed Media on Canvas
30 X 24 in