Happy Accidents is a solo show exhibiting the work of Elena Padrón-Martín.
The artist's studio is a place where mistakes, spills, drippings, stains… are all allowed and considered normal parts of the creative process. In contrast, the gallery is the place to show the work but those “accidents” are not allowed; traces should not be left after the show and exhibition rules must be applied.
In an attempt to overlap and blend studio and gallery, process and presentation, Happy Accidents is a site-specific photographic installation for the windows of SFAI’s Fort Mason Campus West entrance.
Featuring photographs of the paint-covered floor of the painting studios on SFAI’s Chestnut Campus, Happy Accidents insists on the relationship between painting and photography, emphasizing the aesthetics of negative images and the inversion of history, which are enhanced as they are back-lit by the sun.
Elena Padrón-Martín, Happy Accidents (detail)