AVELINO SALA -Black Rain $5 dollar


Avelino Sala

Black Rain $5 dollar

Reproduction of banknotes, gold bath, velvet and black resin mounted in museum box and glass

25 x 30 cm


In his series "Black Rain", the artist Avelino Sala (Gijón, 1972) criticizes the economic theory of value through an articulation of different symbolic elements that are made explicit in his piece: the Gold Standard that served as the system of currency in many countries from the 19th century until the beginning of World War II; the currency of the US Dollar that has become the quintessential global currency; and oil, which is represented here as bloodstains, under which countless wars and violence have been justified for the accumulation of wealth and control.

Over these dimensions, a meta-comment is added on the value of the work of art. Despite its critical nature, this piece does not escape the fetishism of merchandise and the disproportion of value between exchanges of cultural and symbolic capital in the contemporary art market.

Avelino Sala is one of the most important Spanish referents of art as political resistance. In his production a particular kind of poetics is present that contains a reflection on the State power and the control that they exercise.