Latin American Art
Joaquín Torres García was a plastic artists and art theorist from Uruguay and has been widely known as the founder of constructive universalism. The name of this artist is better known among the art educators, collectors, and curators than the wider American public. Joaquín Torres García presents the viewers with a wide range of abstracts symbols and forms. A quick gaze at the paintings shows a series of pictographs that include; a shell, ladder, fish, stick figures and recognizable objects that are organized in a structural grid and are painted in grey. From the constructions of the artist especially the constructive universalism where he perceived his symbols as the materializations of the widespread spirit and as a way of critically returning to the origin. Latin American Art The main idea of the artist in doing the paintings was to create a language of visual archetypes on the basis of symbols that are rooted in pre-Columbian past that could be identified easily by the general public. Torres- Garcia, despite that he was mostly interested in developing an artistic independent of the widespread European avant garde styles; he was also very much interested in Cubism and its use of African art. To show how he was interested in Constructive Universalism, Torres- Garcia applied it in designing wooden toys for the education of his children.
Haptic technology is a tactile feedback that takes the advantage of the sense of touch by application of vibrations, motions, and forces to the user. This is not what was used in identifying or understanding the arts of Joaguín Torres-García. On the contrary, Joaguín Torres-García had effectively made his art to the essence that they can be effectively understood by looking at them and visualizing them. This can be seen from the pictures or images he used in the arts. The element of touch was not used solely for identifying or understanding what is indicated in the arts but people touched just for fun. It is therefore very difficult to include the human sense of touch in the Joaguín Torres-García’s arts as he intended them to understand in pictograms. Notably, the sense of touch like the case of haptic is mostly used in computer simulation in order to control the virtual objects but in the Joaguín Torres-García’s arts there were no virtual objects but the paintings revealed real things. They mostly represented the cultures of people at national level and others at the international level hence understanding them through visualization were the best way.