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"A Day in the Life of ArTrujillo"
2001-09-07 until 2001-10-13
CreArte, Chicano Latino Arts Center and Museum
USA United States of America
CreArte is proud to present an exhibit of new work from the ArTrujillo Studio
Gallery -- a multi-cultural collective of Latino, Middle Eastern,
European-American and African-American painters, sculptors and designers
based in South Minneapolis. A Day in the Life of ArTrujillo features paintings, sculpture,
installations, photography and performances -- art of many styles and
expressions, demonstrating the energy found on any typical day at this
unusual studio and gallery.
Artists were encouraged to work large and to
complete each work within 24 hours, in keeping with the exhibition title,
with no restrictions on media or theme.
The result is a vigorous sampling of ArTrujillo artists. This an
extraordinarily diverse group, and each artist have a story and unique vision
to share. There are progressive abstractions (Alejandro Trujillo) and
punk-anarchist paintings (Américo Juan) with roots in urban Mexico.
Self-taught naturalism (Frijolito) and coloristic decorations (Patricia
Mendoza) drawn from the folk traditions of ranchos and pueblos.
Sophisticated photographic statements reflect on the personal experiences of
emigration (Xavier Tavera) and war (Keith Holmes). Babylonian friezes meet
Picasso-esque figures (in the work of Haider Al-Amery), and scientific
description meets eastern-influenced ink painting (in a canvas by Jim
Grafsgaard). Parenting, recovery, gender identity, mythology and
cross-cultural issues are also addressed in intriguing ways (by Maria
Cristina O'Brien, Lorenzo Ariza, Brenda VonAhsen, Anselmo Cornejo, Lamonté
Johnson, El Fitcho, Mario Perez, Terry Morris, David Munson and guest artist
from New York City Altagracía Berrios).
The opening event will be held from 7-10pm Saturday Sept 8th at CreArte
Latino Arts Center and Museum, which shares a building with El Colegio
Charter High School at 4137 Bloomington Av South in Minneapolis (1 mile south
of Lake St. on Bloomington). At 9pm there will be a reading by local
journalist Jay Miskoweic from his translation of Mexico Madness by Eduardo
Garcia Aguilar. Other entertainment will include poetry and musical
performances by various guests (including writer Victor Rojas and musician
friends, jazz maestro Stewart Blue, songwriter Char and folksinger Josh
Mattson), plus a specially produced video review of the exhibiting artists at