Juan C. Lopez Espantaleon filled LIU Post’s Sculpture Gallery with fascinatingly beautiful black and white photographs, from March 24 to 28, 2015. The MFA student showed two series of works, Umbilical and TimeLine.
In his artist statement, Juan Lopez explained his concept and vision behind Umbilical:
We are born naked from the dark connected with an umbilical cod to another human being. As individuals we spend our lives in a planet floating in the dark, trying to find some sort of connection to something or someone that could fill the doubt of our existence.
I am taking black and white photographs of people hanging from ropes in the dark. Rope symbolizes a metaphorical umbilical cord that is linked to something or someone we do not understand. The arms of the subject are not hanging following the gravity forces, arms are attached to their bodies signifying that they are alive.
In Umbilical I am exploring the self-perception of our existence and the constant fight with our basic nature for finding meaning and sense in our lives, while we still floating in the darkness of a universe that we cannot understand.
The second part of his show, the TimeLine, consisted of six photographs depicting people’s profiles in a symbolic encountering with each other, representing as Lopez’s statement expressed, “slices of times, collecting not only faces but meaning of our existence.”
The TimeLine series also emphasized the fact that it is our faces that makes us unique and that the human profile is an important universal image of ourselves.