ONE NIGHT ONLY Exhibit
Friday Friday July 24, 2009 / 7 - 10pm
Tunes by Big Mac Daddy
Proudly sponsored by CKCU 93.1 FM
Guillermo Trejo is a young Mexican artist with an unusual interest in magazines from the fifties, especially the large illustrated ones like "Life" and "Look". Guillermo's interest is puzzling-- is he looking for his parents' lost childhood? Judging from the images he rescues and recreates from these pages, he has discovered there a particularly eloquent sort of body language which graphically describes social relationships and values at that point in history, the post-war attempt to establish a safe, contained system: families and homes and women in the kitchen.
He doesn't believe in safe, contained systems. He likes to torpedo them. His vision from forty years of distance allows him to zero in on the ironical and even comical qualities of all that is acted out in the magazines. He makes use of several mediums to translate the images: woodcuts, especially effective when he works with cut-out figures, drawings (he is an excellent draughtsman), as well as prints combined with (or subverted by) drawings, and large-scale site-specific wall drawings. These last are usually ephemeral. But then, there is something ephemeral about all of his work. His editions of woodcuts are often limited to one or two copies. His drawings tend to get lost under his bed. He doesn't seem to be able concentrate on making up vast portfolios of artwork. Why? Because he's very busy looking for old magazines, and inventing new scenes, which is much more compelling than conserving old ones. And for that reason we can count on him to surprise us, or maybe even astonish us, with his production for some time to come.
Guy Berube, director
La Petite Mort Gallery
24 juillet 2009
19:00 - 22:00
306 Cumberland Street