A Safe Place To Detonate

7 Apr 2018 – 4 Aug 2018

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England, United Kingdom


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  • 38, 48, 55, 56, 106, 253, 254, 488
  • Hackney Central, Hackney Downs
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A Safe Place To Detonate // by JV Aranda @ Darling's Attic // Curated by Alessandra Falbo


@ Darling’s Attic – flat in Hackney // after his March 2018 residency // climb up the stairs to find // Installation built as a living space subverting visuals of White Noise and its recorded multiples// create a space for comfort and refuge// extending elements onto surfaces and consumable objects // constantly changing with viewer’s movement and flashing lights -> other signals … gently † between medias.

# Light-boxes from “Hollywood Never Could Get You Right” [series] will also be integrated within the installation. As †media works, the series is in-between collage and animation. The objects are gif-like, light-driven animations in which prints are [not] still. Light drives the works via timed chromatic changes of the print’s colours – depicting events, which are explosive and grotesque, yet, harmonious.

Fountainhead// lots of illustrations (1800-1980’s) working as raw material for something completely new// manipulating elements to seem as if they were born together//

Narrative pop culture language comes from the artist’s background growing up in Southern California in the late 80’s and 90’s – key visual references include comic books, cartoons, video games and theme parks. He used to write poetry as a teenager – one of the lines he remembers from memory, hence the series title.


John Vincent Aranda is a Collage artist interested in the evolution of the medium during the digital age; the increased accessibility of source imagery now available thanks to the internet and the abundance of tools and resources that allows artists practicing Collage to explore a number of varied roles, such as curator, painter, sculptor, time-traveler and mad scientist. It is the artist’s sincere belief that Collage essentially explores and celebrates the relationship between the world’s collective visual history and it’s viewers, through the unorthodox means of destruction, manipulation and reconstruction, in order to create something new and reflective of the time in which these previously unconnected elements were reconfigured as a Collage. J.V. is originally from San Diego, California, has studied at Camberwell College of Arts and Central Saint Martins in London and now resides on the moon.


Alessandra Falbo

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John V. Aranda


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