Souther Salazar’s paintings return us to a childlike state of mind full of curiosity and belief that anything is possible. His animal characters traverse enchanted dreamworlds where abstract designs form different galaxies to explore. Salazar is preparing to debut his next solo show, “Attic Transmissions,” which will be on view at Narwhal Contemporary in Toronto March 28 through April 25. He describes his new work as an exercise in spontaneity. Many of the drawings began as fragments and notes in sketchbooks that the artist cobbled together over time. Over the months he worked on the show, he carried around a suitcase full of drawing supplies and archival materials to make his creative process as seamless as possible with his daily life.
“I wanted to allow the possibility of making art that can unfold at anytime… Like little ghosts, or seeds carried by the wind, the opportunity to channel these intangible moments of inspiration can be elusive and fleeting,” Salazar writes of his process. By erasing the boundaries of when he can or should create, Salazar became more in tune with his creative impulses and emerged from the recesses of his mind with a revealing body of work.