Gala, 2024, Iridescent

Gala, 2024, Iridescent watercolor on archival cotton paper. 12 x 16 in (30.5 x 40.5 cm)
Antithetical to its name, most of the works in Summer Light include black-and-white images of oceans and skies—conceptual, photographic interventions that strip away color to reveal the haunting artifice of nature. These images recreate the uncapturable darkness of night and dazzling dance of light on water, while others retain the brilliant ceruleans and turquoises, as if for reference. Through the use of crisp contrast and wide angles that maximize the load of information, Ortega foregrounds the geometric properties of the universe, the grid that structures all space.

— Rob Goyanes