Carlos Salas has been engaged in a range of activities and initiatives in art-making and discoursing: painting, sculpting and writing to tackle head-on the sorry state of the human condition. His work is a site for exploration of the boundaries in which human subjectivity is located. For Salas, the canvas is a space for discourse that parallels David Scott’s “problem space;” a context of argument and, therefore, one of intervention which requires an ensemble of questions and answers around which a horizon of identifiable stakes hang not only the particular problems that get posed as problems as such, but as the particular questions that seem worth asking and the kind of answers that seem worth having.
This winter, South Floridians can explore the work of one of Colombia’s most respected artists without leaving home, at North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art. During a 2012 visit to Colombia, MOCA director Babacar M’Bow was struck by the vigor and originality of the abstract compositions of Carlos Salas, a vaunted painter who, in 1999, at 42, earned a retrospective at Bogotá’s Museum of Modern Art (MAMBO).