Size: 24"W x 30"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2018
Curator's Note: A true mixed media piece - notice the 3-D ribbon decending from the 2-D balloon.
I created this piece during a time when my art was very dark and busy. I forced myself out of it by creating a few pieces that were simple and joyful. This was one of them.
My inspiration in creating this piece came from the 1956 short film, "Le Ballon Rouge." Perhaps the most acclaimed short film of all time, "The Red Balloon" won the Palme d'Or for court métrage at Cannes and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. It is officially the only short ever given an Oscar for a feature category.
The ribbon and knot used were from an actual red balloon. I chose to add this touch to give the piece depth as well as to give a break from the artistic expression and transition from the world of the real to the world of art, suggesting as the film did of the balloon fading away from fact and slowly becoming fiction.
San Francisco born artist Andrew Rosas has a unique take on art. “Art is not the piece, the thing you have created. The piece is just the tool, or the platform. Art is a conversation the creator has with the viewer or the participant. It is the purposeful drawing forth of thought or emotion from another through a conversation had without words. Art is crafting a feeling, or an emotion or idea, such that it becomes real and present for another human being. If I create something, and through the thing I have crafted an emotion or an idea, if I can walk away from it and someone else can step in and feel and understand the idea or the emotion, I have created Art.” Andrew takes much of his motivation from artists such as: MC Escher, Vincent Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, and Georges Seurat.