a r t h u r a r n o l d
Rio de Janeiro, 1984
Arnold questions the social role of painting as a consumer and status transference good. Through humor and sarcasm the oppressor figure has its power invalidated in visual narratives. Using visual metaphors, the artist indirectly approaches such matters, creating an open interpretation for the paintings. Absurdity, which means what no one expects but happens, is frequently used as aesthetic resource in his paintings.
In his new phase he talks about the mass phenomenon. He is interested in the group identity that dilutes the individual through the man’s behavior that gathers crowds by various reasons, building a giant block that possesses a single behavior. With pasty spatulas, scratches and some brushstrokes, Arthur turns individuals into paintings.