J.V. ARANDA
COLLAGE & PHOTOGRAPHY
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Hollywood Never Could Get You Right

“Hollywood Never Could Get You Right” is about the search for beauty during distressing times, the hunt for hope amongst confusion, and the pursuit of solace through the sharing of stories, perspectives and interpretations.

 

Disparate elements from a wide range of illustration, from the 1800’s up to the 1980’s, have come together in these digital incarnations which disguise the various cuts and layers of the collage process to give the impression that they had always belonged together. With the work itself coming in a variety of adaptations, such as canvas prints, light boxes and with the incorporation of assemblage.

 

"Hollywood Never Could Get You Right" is also a love letter to California and all the formative visual influences that helped shape my imagination as a child growing up there in the 1980’s and 90’s, surrounded by the cinema, video games, cartoons, comic books, theme parks and the grandeur of nature.