By Emily Kovacs
If you enjoy the prospect of revisiting your childhood sense of wonder while picking your way through the vibrant, unadulterated dreamscape of an artist’s imagination, visit Souther Salazar’s Attic Transmissions at Narwhal.

While living in Scrapper’s Attic, Salazar developed a method of piecing together his fragmented doodles to form larger systems by tuning in to his own frequencies of intuitive, creative inspiration. Thus, we have Attic Transmissions. Each system of overlapping narratives has been contextualised and splashed enthusiastically onto single surfaces, illustrating spur-of-the-moment adventures. Salazar layers mixed media and found objects in his energetic collages and paintings.

Souther Salazar Collection II, 201515 x15 in. Watercolor, ink, and collage on paper.

Souther Salazar
Collection II, 2015
15 x15 in. Watercolor, ink, and collage on paper.

I find Salazar’s work to be nostalgic of the illustrations in picture books I used to read as a child. Like Salazar’s artwork, images were meant to spark the imagination and transport viewers to a land of escapism. The narratives of his work are anything but nailed down. When I see “Some Forgotten Corner of the Universe”, I don’t know if I am viewing a giant galactic space turtle or an exploratory underwater mission. And that is the beauty of it. When exploring an image with a childlike sensibility, things don’t need to make sense in one solitary way and there are no boundaries. Multiple narratives can unfold simultaneously in a piece, somehow still appearing connected to one another. In Salazar’s artwork, I enjoy stories that unfurl all over and all at once. His goal of getting me back in touch with my ability to access childlike curiosity and wonder was definitely realised. This is art that is not afraid to be fun, and I love that.

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Souther Salazar  Navigator, 201515 x 15 in. Watercolor, ink, and collage on paper.

Souther Salazar
Navigator, 2015
15 x 15 in. Watercolor, ink, and collage on paper.