The Playground Series is an example of The International Collaboration Project. The ICP work has been called cinematic narrative photomontages because each piece tells a story in a cinematic way using montage to create a â€œworldâ€ that does not exist, but feels visually valid. This series was created by Francisco Diaz (USA) and Deb Young (New Zealand). Beneath the surface of â€œThe Playground Seriesâ€ is an underlying tension cloaked in innocent fun. The series is a visual metaphor for the situation where social relationships reflect a low degree of integration and meaningful interaction producing a high degree of alienation.
As a conceptual artist, I use whatever tools are handy to explore questions about who we are, how we perceive and the ways in which we live. My Cuban/Spanish heritage has always been a portal to religious, psychological and imaginative themes which Iâ€™ve always been comfortable blending together to form unique images that both provoke, while at the same time calling to our quieter side. In the late 1980â€™s to early 1990â€™s, I showed in many New York City and Washington, DC galleries using a mix of performance, music, painting and photography and then took a hiatus to regroup. During that hiatus, I traveled to Mexico, Paris, London, Canada, Puerto Rico and numerous states, shaking many art world presumptions out of my system. I came out the other end with one eye on the magical realism mode and one on movie framing concepts. Series like: â€œBehind Closed Doors: The Homeâ€; â€œPeople of the Forestâ€ and â€œThe Land of â€¦â€, explore a recombinant photographic process where the photographer becomes more a director/cinematographer and less a documentarian. 2009 exhibitions include work at the George Segal gallery, Montclair State University, NJ; the Biggs Museum of American Art in DE; Deborah Martin Gallery in CA and the Center Gallery in KS.