Art Stamping is an innovative production practice created by Los Angeles Contemporary artist Ricardo Garcia. “Stamping” is the direct transfer of a formal object to canvas. The direct physicality cancels out any intermediary medium resulting in a new honest, intimate and immediate art movement.
“I created stamping as a new way to use objects to make art. It is an expansion and transformation of ready-made, from placement context to contact application; aesthetic utility, ready to transfer.” - Ricardo Garcia
More established traditional transfer methods such as painting and photography make 2D representations of 3D objects by using conditional items and capturing techniques, i.e. brushes, paint, cameras and software. Where as “stamping” an object transfers its history and energy directly, giving birth to something new. The stamped object’s DNA is imprinted therefore reinventing itself as a conceptual visual narrative left up to interpretation.
Garcia uses mostly found objects from his neighborhood in Downtown Los Angeles’ Produce Arts’ District. Shopping carts, parking meters and manhole covers have been procured in Garcia’s process. Inspired by everyday items that are occasionally disregarded, Garcia repurposes their original reason for conception. The stamped articles are reborn retelling the story from a new perspective.
Stamping exemplifies the current status of socioeconomic plights impacting both globally and locally. Spanning from local issues such as neighborhood gentrification to global environmental issues, stamping is a direct reflection of a bigger picture.
“When I stamp, say a shopping cart on a canvas, utility and art collide, and that moment of impact creates a reaction, which actually is a birth - and utility transfers to aesthetic, immediately referencing itself, as a new object, I create and participate in this collaboration, yet in the moment of impact I detach, and I become the objective observer, letting it express itself.
The movement of transfer represents instant emancipation because I let the 3D objects I select make their own 2D representation of themselves. This emancipation allocations subtly to the stamped object and from it to the observer - a string of liberation is directly transferred.”
About the Artist
For artist Ricardo Garcia, his paintings embody the passion, awareness, vulnerability, and strength associated with the contemporary struggle.
Garcia, a native Angelino brings both darkness and vibrancy to his work, utilizes his paintbrush as a vessel to bring audiences on a journey towards discovery. His works tell stories that range from vanity and consumerism, to freedom and love. For critics and art enthusiasts alike, the experience of viewing Garcia’s work is as much about connecting to the artist’s vision as it to one’s own beliefs and feelings.
Best known for his infatuation with lines, each of Garcia’s brush strokes serve a purpose; capturing unique emotions one moment at a time. Garcia believes, “lines have their own life.” With this mantra, it becomes clear why all of his work is so unique.
His on-canvas stories challenge the status quo. They spark changes in the ways that people engage with art. To date, Garcia’s work has been on display in both solo and group exhibitions across the United States and Mexico. Additionally, Garcia has garnered media coverage and reviews from countless national publications and news outlets – receiving acclaim for his heartfelt and powerful work.
Still, Garcia’s focus remains on the means in which he best expresses himself to world – using the canvas as a platform to address sensitive topics, explore the depths of his truth, inspire others to think freely, and to create a meaningful legacy through his painting.
"When we embrace challenges we open ourselves up to special opportunities – to learn, to grow, to develop resilience, and to be empowered. In modern society, the nature of the conflicts that we’re presented with is unique; in that we’re regularly tasked with overcoming adversity while maintain a true essence to our individual being."