May 2, 2015

PROJECTION: SEARCHING

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Last March I did my first solo show in Kuwait city, "Projections: Searching"curated by Visual Therapy at Almakan gallery. Where I exhibited photography along with 7 new paintings and a short film.

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"Projections: Searching"
One of the challenges in anthropology is finding the precise derivation of human culture and early activities, with the invention and use of the mask representing one of the unanswered questions today. The use of masks dates back several millennia. It is believed that the first masks may have generally been used by primitive people to associate the wearer with some kind of unimpeachable authority, such as "the gods" or to otherwise lend credence to the person's claim on a given social role.

Humans worldwide have used masks since ancient times for sacred rituals, as ornamentation, in performances and theatre. The mask disguises the identity of its owner, and symbolizes the need to hide or repress a person’s desires, fears or concerns.

Skount considers that everyone carries masks; with it we conceal our identity and adopt a more socially acceptable image to get by day to day. However, there are also moments in which we can reveal our true nature, and take them off.

Now for the first time in Kuwait, Visual Therapy presents “Projections: Searching,” an exhibition of new artworks by Skount, the second one from his studio series inspired by the study of psychoanalysis projection.

For one year Skount will focus his artworks on the study of projection as a defense mechanism by which the subject attributes to others their virtues or defects, including their shortcomings. This phenomenon operates in situations of emotional conflict, internal or external threat of origin, attributing to other people or objects feelings, thoughts and desires that they never quite accepted in themselves because they generate distress or anxiety.

As a result, the person can lose his real soul by trying to draw a new identity while looking at others distorting or redrawing their true identity in order to blend with mainstream society.

This is a clear symptom of paranoia as deformation of a normal process that leads us to search the outside world the cause of our affections.

Although the term was used by Sigmund Freud from 1895 to refer specifically to a mechanism observed in paranoid personalities or subjects directly paranoid, various psychoanalytic schools have later generalized the concept to designate a primary defense. As such, it is present in all psychic structures (in psychosis, neurosis and perversion). Therefore, in attenuated form, also operates in certain forms of thought completely normal everyday life.

For this time, Skount with “Projection: Searching” presents, through his artworks, a metaphorical seeking for the inner self of our existence; our roots, identity, and afterlight.

By removing their metaphorical mask and by leaving behind hidden feelings, thoughts or desires, the person can try to look for his inner self, adopting behaviors of other people close to him. This creates an inner self as a projection of other people or a fusion of our inner universe with each person that is part of our life.


This kind of seeking erases our identity as individual people and generates a collective identity influenced by the people or society that surrounds us, adopting a role of conduct, feelings, thoughts and shared emotions that redraws our inner self.


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Cosmic Kiss, acrylic and spray on canvas, 80x90 cm. 2015

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Explorers, acrylic and collage on canvas, 50x60 cm. 2015

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Family projections, acrylic and collage on canvas, 50x60 cm. 2015

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Inner transmission, acrylic and spray on canvas 50x65 cm. 2015

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Projections: Searching. Video lenght: 01 min 45 sec. (stereo) HD
Video editing: Elena de la Rubía
Camera: Laguna

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 Integration, acrylic and collage on illustration board 30x42 cm. 2015

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Fusion, acrylic and collage on illustration board 30x42 cm. 2015

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The photos are from "Beyond the mist" series. Click here to check more

Below you will find some photos of  the opening

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April 30, 2015

COLORFUL FACELESS / MURAL

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Mural painted in Kuwait city, Kuwait. 2015

The mural depicts my interpretation of what i discovered on the kuwaiti people after have been there few weeks.

People full of traditions and heavily influenced by religion and their culture but at the same time also open mind and eager to exchange knowledge with people from other places totally different to their culture. Full of inner color that they share with everybody and at the same time they nourish their lives.

I am really glad to have had the opportunity to discover and share time with this amazing people in constant evolution and learn a little bit about their culture and religion.

Thanks to Visual therapy and Montana colors Kuwait
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Mural realizado en la ciudad de Kuwait. 2015

El mural representa mi interpretación personal de lo que he descubierto en el pueblo kuwaití después de haber convivido con numerosas personas de allá unas semanas.

Pueblo lleno de tradiciones y fuertemente influenciado por la religión y su cultura, pero al mismo tiempo también de mente abierta y con ganas de intercambiar conocimientos con personas de otros lugares totalmente diferentes a su cultura. Las personas estan llenas de color interior que comparten con todo el mundo y, a su vez nutren sus vidas.

Estoy muy contento de haber tenido la oportunidad de descubrir y compartir tiempo con este increíble pueblo en constante evolución y haber aprendido un poco acerca de su cultura y religión.

Gracias a  Visual therapy y Montana colors Kuwait

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April 23, 2015

TROPICAL KUWAITI NATURE / MURAL

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Privte commission mural painted in Kuwait. Curated by Visual Therapy

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April 14, 2015

DISPERSIVE PRISM / CEILING

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Comission ceiling painted in Kuwait city, Kuwait. 2015


A dispersive prism is a type of optical prism, usually having the shape of a geometrical triangular prism. It is the most widely known type of optical prism, although perhaps not the most common in actual use. Triangular prisms are used to disperse light, that is, to break light up into its spectral components (the colors of the rainbow)

Prism dispersion played an important role in understanding the nature of light, through experiments by Sir Isaac Newton and others.

Inspired in this concept, I illustrated a metaphorical color prism where the filter of the light is a person, but instead of light, the person filters  the universe, (everything that is surrounded him and also is part of him) he makes as a filter and transform all in color that projects to other "universes".

Thanks to Visual Therapy
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Pintura en techo comisionada en la ciudad de Kuwait, Kuwait. 2015

Un prisma dispersivo es un tipo de prisma óptico, por lo general tiene la forma de un prisma triangular geométrico. Es el tipo más ampliamente conocido de prisma óptico, aunque quizás no el más común en el uso real. Los prismas triangulares se utilizan para dispersar la luz, es decir, para romper la luz en sus componentes espectrales (los colores del arco iris)

El prisma dispersivo jugó un papel importante en la comprensión de la naturaleza de la luz, a través de experimentos realizados por Sir Isaac Newton y otros.

Inspirado en este concepto, ilustré un metafórico prisma de color, donde el filtro de la luz es una persona, pero en vez de la luz, la persona filtra el universo, (todo lo que le rodea y que a su vez forma parte de él) la persona hace de filtro y transforma todo lo que recibe de su entorno en color, y a su vez lo proyecta a otros "universos".

Gracias a  Visual Therapy

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April 11, 2015

IN/OUT INNER WORLD PROJECTION / MURAL

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Mural part of Alwan art festival (organized byVisual Therapy), at Marina Crescent Kuwait 2015

I Painted this mural after been few days in Kuwait, and learn a little bit about the people and their culture.

Each individual comes from a determined inner “universe” and made of a story, culture, ideology, beliefs, norms, religions and different perceptions; and how to share and receive information from other individuals from another different inner “universe”,  can make the individual psychologically project a world or inner universe combined by both.
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Mural realizado para Alwan art festival (organizado por la Visual Therapy), Marina Crescent, Kuwait 2015.

Este mural es una reflexión de mi propia experiencia. Cada individuo proviene de un "universo" interior determinado y formado por una historia, cultura, ideología, creencias, normas, religiones y percepciones distintas; y como al compartir y al recibir información de otros individuos procedentes de otro "universo" interior distinto, pueden hacer que el individuo proyecte de manera psicológica un mundo o universo interior combinado por ambos.

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April 9, 2015

ALL CITY CANVAS / VLOG 12


Few weeks ago All City Canvas include a preview of my first solo show in Kuwait in their Vlog. Check this out.
Thanks to Paula Villanueva and All City Canvas team.