Ribba 16’’(a 5 -minute painting. Live From the Van Abbemuseum!) is a project by Leonardo Vargas and part of a series of projects proposing a reflection on the flux of visual information within contemporary visual culture in relation with artistic visual practices in order to explore and inquire into the status of artistic image itself.
Painting, traditionally considered as the privileged visual system of representation within The Fine Arts, is a practice strongly associated with the convention of museum and the idea of white cube as institutional Art spaces. The concept of Presence in painting as well as the idea of it being an entity that occupies a specific physical space constitutes an important part in the painterly discourse. The project aims to reflect on this status of presence in painting and the render of perception that takes place within its dialogue with systems for image circulation in our contemporary visual culture.