Inventions & Discoveries: Divine Messages

The art of Linda Vallejo and Enrique Leal draw on ancient activities such as using data for a purpose and divining emblematic markings to convey nuanced meaning.

By Museo Eduardo Carrillo

Close Up of Enrique Leal at work (2017) by Enrique LealMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

Linda Vallejo at Work on "The Brown Dot Series" (2017) by Linda VallejoMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

Corpo, Enrique Leal, 2005, From the collection of: Museo Eduardo Carrillo
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The language conveyed in the work of Enrique Leal is a mysterious one, imprinted from the beetle bored sticks and branches he finds.

Corpuscle I (2005) by Enrique LealMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

Corpuscle II (2005) by Enrique LealMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

Is Leal the interlocutor for these tiny creatures translating for the maker who has left its mark and moved on?

Glyph I (2003) by Enrique LealMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

Entomographic Impression (2003) by Enrique LealMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

In the Entomographic series, you discover Leal’s multi-layered transformations from the seemingly simple starting point of the bored stick.

Abyssalia XX (2017) by Enrique LealMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

In his Abyssalia series, using the densely rich silk Mezzotint process, Leal furthers his dive into a poetic language of the rarely seen.

Abyssalia IV (2017) by Enrique LealMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

These images capture a picture frame of floating translucent forms and we suspect that Leal will continue to translate for these deep dwellers or migrant insect truth tellers.

Abyssalia I (2017) by Enrique LealMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

Abyssalia III (2017) by Enrique LealMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

Abyssalia XIII (2017) by Enrique LealMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

Abyssalia XV (2017) by Enrique LealMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

Abyssalia II (2017) by Enrique LealMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

Latino High School Graduation Rates Growth Pattern 1993 – 2013, Linda Vallejo, 2016, From the collection of: Museo Eduardo Carrillo
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In contrast Vallejo uses data to drive her recent series titled “The Brown Dot Series”.

Latino Catholics (2017) by Linda VallejoMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

Latino Children Living in Poverty 49% (2016) by Linda VallejoMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

Computing pioneer Richard W Hamming said “The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers.”

Latino Educational Attainment (2017) by Linda VallejoMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

While data can contribute statistical information, which will lead to the betterment of society, it can also be used to re-contextualize information in suspicious ways.

33% of Latino Girls are Pregnant Before Twenty 2017 (2017) by Linda VallejoMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

Interestingly the need for data collection could be found as early as 18,000 BCE when records were notched into bone or sticks.

24% of new HIV infections are Latino (2017) by Linda VallejoMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

Linda Vallejo tells a different story.

As Margaret Arnold wrote in LA Art News “Linda Vallejo’s “The Brown Dot Project” puts a human face on data.”

23.9% of Sex Trafficking Victims are Latino (2017) by Linda VallejoMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

Vallejo combines representation and abstraction in this body of her work.

46% of Latino are homeowners (2017) by Linda VallejoMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

“The visual appeal of each pattern collides skillfully with the statistical backstory – transporting the viewer from abstraction to the realm of activist art reality.”

35% of US Latinos Voted for Trump (2017) by Linda VallejoMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

Are we startled by these numbers?

25% of US Latinos Experienced Discrimination (2017) by Linda VallejoMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

Will we mobilize to counter inequities and think twice when we pass people on the street?

64% of US Latinos are of Mexican Heritage 2017 (2017) by Linda VallejoMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

50% of US Latino Youth Ages 16-25, 3rd Generation, Self-Identify as American (2017) by Linda VallejoMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

Latino Women Business Owners 36% (2016) by Linda VallejoMuseo Eduardo Carrillo

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