Headlands Center for the Arts

José Figueroa

california | visual
Affiliate Program 2017—2018
Graduate Fellowship Program 2016, University of California, Berkeley

Artist Statement

I draw imagining an aerial and extracorporeal perspective that generates a vigilant record of my everyday environments. My drawing practice is constantly evolving and incorporates the use of text as a formal resource while following premises of ethnographic methodologies. The resulting images are panoramic long-shutter exposures developed on site and in public. The documents become part of my permanent archive and are scanned, categorized and disseminated as photographic reproductions.  At the moment, the archive houses more than a thousand drawings and as many and more images that illustrate my ongoing pilgrimage. Categories within my archive flux from doing fieldwork in China, to drawing a dinner party at my kitchen table or going to a sex club. Back in the studio, the drawings become catalysts for new creations that range from painting and sculpture to short stories and artist talks.

While At Headlands

While at the Headlands I plan to redirect my gaze to San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge. I plan to make regular field trips to record different types of engagements between the site and its tourists with the intention of painting the landmark au plain air.  I’d like to connect this site to other sites of devotion including Angel Falls in Venezuela and Monet’s Lily pond in France. I will still chronicle my everyday life via drawing while continue to develop a multi-scaled, multimedia,  fictional theme park articulated through the space of limbo.

Selected Works

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