Mexico City artist Artemio Narro (b. 1976) is a founding member of the alternative art space La Panadería, and part of the generation of Mexican artists that came of age in the mid 1990s who proposed artistic alternatives in video, installation and performance to the rise of neo-Mexican art and painting of the 1980s.
Galeria de la Raza and Queens Nails Projects are pleased to present two simultaneous exhibitions by Mexico City conceptual artist Artemio Narro. The large scale installations will offer a unique, multi-venue display of the artist’s work.
Galeria de la Raza artist reception: Saturday, February 6th, 7:30 pm
Exhibition runs until April 17th
Queen Nails Projects artist reception: Thursday, February 11th 7—11pm
Exhibition runs until March 13th
ARTEMIO (b. 1976) refers to himself as the “Rolls Royce” of contemporary Mexican art. A founding member of the alternative art space La Panadería, ARTEMIO is part of the generation of Mexican artists that came of age in the mid 1990s who proposed artistic alternatives in video, installation and performance to the rise of neo-Mexican art and painting of the 1980s. His experimental multimedia work stems from the appropriation and reinterpretation of pop cultural elements as in his Rambo 2001, in which he edited out all the physical and verbal violence from the original movie. Previous exhibitions include Otra de Vaqueros, CECCH, Centre d'édition contemporaine, Genève, Geneva (2007); Rising Stars: North Latin Americans, Galeria Nina Menocal, Mexico City; Perdidos en el despacio, Fundació Espai de Arte Contemporáneo, Girona; Distor, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City (2006); T1 Torino Triennale, Tremusei, Turin; Mexico Attacks!, MADC Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San José, Queremos Rock!, Queens Nails Annex, San Francisco, CA (2006),Seducidos por el accidente, Fundación Luis Seoane, Coruna (2005); and Sólo los personajes cambian, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey. MARCO, Monterrey, NL (2004) and 9th Biennial La Habana, Cuba (2009).
Galeria de la Raza will present Hollywoodpedia, a large-scale video-installation, which compiles visual dialogues extracted from films that the artist has edited and grouped according to twelve specific concepts such as love, forgiveness, death and war. The complete body of work — comprised of 120 videos — is an audiovisual encyclopedia of the human condition as represented by Hollywood. In order to produce the work, the artist viewed nearly 1500 films within a year and a half, selecting from a survey distributed to Americans concerning their most popular and memorable movies. The installation at Galería will be exhibited on twelve individual screens, with each work dissecting one concept through a synthesis of various moments in Hollywood films. The result is a satirical catalogue of Hollywood’s moralistic and hyper dramatized notion of the human condition as packaged by mainstream pop culture. Also on view in Galería’s project room will be a retrospective of Narro’s video works.
At Queens Nails Projects, the artist will exhibit a body of work which speaks to the extreme wealth and violence of the drug trade and the complex cultural reality which it creates. Gesamtkunstwek, an installation of contemporary mandala imagery will offer a distilled mirror image of an apolitical revolution. Based on an order imposed by violence and an apathetic public’s apparent willingness to be consumed and dazzled by it, the exhibition offers visual insight into the areas of Mexico that appear anarchist, but are clearly not without order. In Narro’s mandala works, guns, grenades, bombs, and machetes assemble themselves in an ornate and impeccable order as a paradox of fascination and repulsion.
Founded in 1970, Galería de la Raza is a non-profit community-based arts organization whose mission is to foster public awareness and appreciation of Chicano/Latino art, and to serve as a laboratory where artists can both explore contemporary issues in art, culture and civic society, and advance intercultural dialogue. Galería supports Latino artists in the visual, literary, media and performing art fields whose works explore new aesthetic possibilities for socially committed art.
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Queen’s Nails Projects (QNP) is a curatorial platform dedicated to presenting collaborative, site-specific, and experimental projects by both artists and independent curators. QNP aims to challenge both emerging and established cultural producers to work outside their normal practice in order to produce new and unique projects. For more information please visit www.QueensNailsProjects.com