"app 4 revealing other selves"

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image of girl facing mirror in the bathroom by Gabriel Navar. Girl is sticking out her tongue, making faces at her other self
"app 4 revealing other selves"
acrylic, oil, ink & pencils on paper
30 x 22 1/4 in © 2011 Gabriel Navar

This painting is a sort of new beginning for me, yet also a spin-off of the themes that I've been working on since about 2003 which deal with a variety of themes yet superficially confront the viewer with the pervasiveness of technology. Within the framework of computer windows, youtube and social media, this piece "kicks off" my investigations into the ubiquitous world of apps. Of course, the subject matter is a continuation of my preoccupations with the human theater, but in this specific case, I am interested in creating, in inventing absurd yet often much needed applications that reveal, heal, connect, or otherwise "fix" and correct a deficiency, urge, need, short-comings, etc.

The image on the painting "app 4 revealing other selves" demonstrates how easy it may be to take our smart device, download or scan a QR code and reveal, re-discover or even disinter our other selves to confront those complex other planes and microcosms within our psyches... enjoy!

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Visit my Current Featured Painting "app 4 disgruntled days". It was currently added to my site on April 2013. Also, visit my Archived Featured Paintings, I have about 20 Previous Featured Paintings. Each one of them has a story, a description about their creation as well as some background about their form, content and symbolism. Looking at the Previous Featured Paintings page I realize that I have had a wide range of interests over time in the figurative, narrative work that I have created over the years. I hope you can appreciate that an element that ties my work together is my desire to create thought provoking compositions that involve the figure, rich colors, and, often, the human theater.

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