"Untitled" (2003)

"Untitled," 2003
Matte oil, aerosol lacquer and cel vinyl on gessoed canvas over wood panel, 76 x 102 inches. Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio.
Courtesy the artist and Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

"I think that, when you understand a Latino or ethnic sensibility, being simultaneously happy and sad is not a problem. Nor is it fundamentally contradictory. And so there’s a bitter-sweetness in the work, which I trace back to that identity base. There is also the idea that the sequence of time in the work is multiple, a kind of late Surrealism which is fully declassified in some ways in art making. I think that the Surrealist component can still be traced to that."

- Lari Pittman