In SLATES, Moreno has developed a controlled system enabling him to approach the project with the freedom to investigate a widely diverse set of ideas. In this systematic approach, Moreno has set guidelines for each of the 70 works to be within the format of 36 by 48 inches with 5.5-inch radius curved corners.
With access to a limitless array of materials, technology and art historical references, artists today are presented with endless possibilities for creative production – a daunting, and at times paralyzing, juncture. Each tool at the artist’s disposal symbolizes the potential for a new trajectory to explore. As the artist chooses an idea or style, they simultaneously renounce all others.
Rather than renouncing these ideas, Moreno embraces multiplicity by using the freedom gained from the structured and measured format of the SLATES system. Creativity and development are at the forefront of artistic production; this idea is part of a belief system, which fuels Moreno’s process.
SLATES was developed from the paintingdebt series – an experimental and systematic painting project started in 2013. The ongoing series of 500 paintings are small, modular, and sold at an affordable rate to pay off his student loans.