ARTURO SANCHEZ (b. 1980)

To Fall into Pieces

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ARTURO SANCHEZ (b. 1980)
To Fall into Pieces
signed and dated 'Arturo Sanchez Jr 2013' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas with mirror collage
167.5 x 122 cm. (66 1/8 x 48 in.)
Executed in 2013

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Lot Essay

To Fall into Pieces is yet another intriguingly enigmatic composition by vibrant young artist, Arturo Sanchez. Sanchez's distinctive style, which has gained a strong reputation with critics, is of smooth painterly sophistication alternated with an intricate mirror collage, which gives both sensation and dimension to his works. His subjects of dream-like landscapes, interiors and beautiful people frozen for a moment in time have won numerous admirers. Within this artwork, Sanchez meditates on the act of meditation and looks upon the act of looking within.
This present lot shows a young man contemplating his shadow-self which floats in front of him. He stares into space and out of the canvas as we witness him achieving an altered state of consciousness. A mirror image of the subject, done in reverse colors, recreates the uncanny feeling of an outer-body experience: the sensation of floating away, detaching from the physical plane, and observing yourself autoscopically. Slowly, his alter ego fractures into a million hard-edged slivers, a compelling scene of personal interrogation and disintegration. ?Random collages mimic the spontaneous flow of thoughts during brief moments of soul-searching.
The mirrors !X the titular Pieces !X are visual representations of a man's interior monologue as it spills out of his mind during snatches of time stolen from a busy day. ?Sanchez plays with double meanings since? "reflection" refers both to the use of mirrors and to the process of thinking.
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