About the Work
Juan Arango Palacios primarily works within painting, though the conceptual undertones of their textile works create threads evident throughout their practice. To weave is to stitch, to stitch is to connect, and connection bridges gaps. Societal chasms and voids of representation are the catalysts for Arango Palacios’ unapologetically glam portraits, vamped with saturated jewel-tones, at times adorned with rhinestones or the universal elongated cross-like star associated with “bling” — though viewed from a different perspective, a cross is a cross is a cross, which harkens to the artist’s conservative religious upbringings and the othering experience it grafted in their life.
Often figures are grouped together, though perhaps no one finds themselves truly alone in Arango Palacios’ world, for even when a lone figure populates the frame, as is the case in Nadie Deja que Muera una Flor tan Bella, they’re draped in wonder; immersed in luxurious environments and fashionably decked out with styles inspired by Arango Palacios’ Chicago community and queer internet culture. Another recurring character motif are their tattoos — that which blends into the skin also makes it stand out.
Our new collaboration with Arango Palacios, Nadie Deja que Muera una Flor tan Bella, is a hand-finished series of 12 based on their painting of the same name. Exhibition A digitally removed the tattoos from the original painting, allowing Arango Palacios to create hand-drawn unique imprints on each work.
Says the artist, “Tattoos are a way in which personal stories are told on physical bodies. Here, I’m using the tattoos to evoke the many possibilities of narrative and identity that this heartbroken character could have possessed. Inspired by the lyrics from the reggaeton hit "Ayer la Vi" by Don Omar, this artwork explores vulnerability through a queer lens. The title, Nadie Deja que Muera una Flor tan Bella, translates to "no one lets such a beautiful flower wilt” and points to the tale of a man longing for the love of a woman whose heart has already been broken by someone else, though in the work that internal turmoil has been projected onto the figure as a stand-in for the emotional commotion I’ve endured as a queer person in similar situations. Rather than representing queerness through hypersexuality, I am portraying tender moments of the queer experience — showcasing love, sorrow, intimacy, and heartbreak.”
— Juan Arango Palacios
Juan Arango Palacios (b. 1997, Pereira, Colombia) graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2020. Arango Palacios is one of our favorite newcomers to the scene and part of our ongoing Artists On the Rise series.
Arango Palacios has held solo and duo exhibitions at FLXST Contemporary (Chicago), The Room Gallery (London), Jude Gallery (Chicago), Povos Gallery (Chicago), Co-Prosperity Sphere (Chicago, Catskills), and New Image Art (Los Angeles), among others. Select group exhibitions include presentations at Eve Leibe Gallery (London), Soft Times Gallery (San Francisco), Goodmother Gallery (Los Angeles), Lauren Powell Projects (Los Angeles), Untitled Art Fair (Miami) with Gaa Gallery, Cambridge Art Association (Cambridge, MA), and Gruin Gallery (Los Angeles). Arango Palacios lives and works in Chicago, IL.
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