Installation view, Unconfirmed MakeShift Museum::UMM, Irvine, CA 2015
Using the obsolete medium of slides, in “Slide Slam,” Zarate eviscerates the film to work on the slide frame itself, which she hand-paints, conjuring the idea of emptiness in a minimalist composition of blank wall pockets. The emphasis in “Slide Slam,” as well as in other works by Zarate, is on color relationships and on the cumulative effect of individual formal units, how they reconfigure and activate each other with their individual presence. Zarate eschews large heroic gestures, instead using modest materials that she associates with lived experience to build colorful compositions.
—Mariángeles Soto-Díaz, curator