27th Annual University Exhibition @ Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL. Juried by James Hyde.
May 20 - Aug 13, 2016
"In Edison Penafiel’s black and white multiscreen video titled Correlé, correlé, correlá, Por aquí, por aquí, por allá,
Correlé, correlé, correlá, Correlé que te van a matar! (Run, run, run, Over here, over here, over there, Run, run,
run, Run, 'cause they are going to kill you!) the premise is simple: masked, naked people who are completely
covered with broad strokes of paint shuffle within the confines of their video screens. They do nothing more than
breathe and sigh before the camera, as the dour, animated background jerks and shifts. While the title promises
action, what Penafiel delivers is mundane-and effective for it. With television, the drama is behind the screen.
Penafiel’s work reverses the relation of viewer to subject. The figures-with their masks’ unblinking eyes-are the
audience staring into our color filled world of comfort. Its success as apolitical video is that it allows us to feel
our privilege and empathize with those from another world. As an artwork, it unites the sensibilities of Walt
Disney and Francisco Goya-in a good & uneasy way."
- James Hyde
© EDISON PEÑAFIEL