Walter Maciel Gallery
2642 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
310 839 1840
Walter Maciel Gallery
2642 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
310 839 1840
June 29, 2010
Asesinados United by Carolyn Castaño
Reception: July 10, 2010, 7:00-9:00 PM
1904 East 7th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90021 USA
PØST presents Asesinados United: Works by Carolyn Castaño.
Asesinados United, is part art exhibition, part lo-fi pop-up store and part World Cup closing party. For her one-night show Castaño has created prints and original t-shirt designs that memorialize or re-imagine both soccer greats, as well as players who were murdered at the height of their glory.
The Asesinados United series of prints and shirts considers the role of the soccer player’s image in invoking a fanatical passion for futbol, each face a powerful vessel for locally distinct – yet global – notions of heroism, manhood, pride and financial success. As representatives of their country playing on the world stage, a soccer player’s performance during the Cup has national implications, elevating him to national hero or, in the case of players on the 2010 French national team, reducing them to national embarrassments. Sometimes a player’s performance may even have deadly consequences, as with the own-goal that cost Colombian defender Andrés Escobar his life after the 1994 World Cup. Just as failure on the pitch can cost a man his life, so can too much success, as it was for Thiago da Silva, a Brazilian footballer who was brutally murdered by a jilted ex-girlfriend, or Joe Gaetjens, a Haitian soccer player who scored the winning goal in the US vs. England 1950 World Cup in Brazil, only to return to Haiti a hero and be disappeared by the Duvalier regime.
Running in parallel to the Asesinados, the Inmortales F.C. series will feature recent World Cup players who have made their mark in the 2010 World Cup, or are simply immortal.
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1904 East 7th Place LA CA 90021 USA
Bookmeat is an exciting event benefiting Side Street Projects on November 21, 2009 from 6 pm-10 pm at the Brick Building in Culver City . For those of you not familiar with Side Street Projects, the program founded by Karen Atkinson and Joe Luttrel in 1992, is a completely mobile artist-run non-profit organization, which teaches artists to be self-reliant with workshops such as "Get Your Shit Together" bootcamp for artists, "Best Professional Practices Podcast Series" and the "Equipment Co-op", which provides access to equipment usually too expensive for some of us artist civilians to access. What I find really wonderful is Side Street Projects own resourcefulness, operating out of Pasadena in two restored vintage trailers with a solar energy array, Side Street is completely wireless, mobile, and self-sustaining. I've been wanting to have my mobile studio for years and this is really an inspiration!
For the Bookmeat, artists were asked to donate a book that had influenced them or played some part in their art practice. I was having the toughest time trying to think of what to give. I have a wide collection of books and authors who have influenced me in some way. Do I give the catalogue of Lari Pittman's paintings, an artist and mentor who has influenced and supported my work? Or do I give "Smart Women Finish Rich" a very useful book on how to survive capitalism , written for women by a man. Thanks mom! Or Do I something more theory-ish..like say Rosalind Krauss, Bachelors, which influenced an earlier body of work? I saw some of the fine examples of artists who had turned in their copies early ( You eager beavers!) and saw the wonderful drawings by Steve Roden and Christopher Russell. A light bulb went off in my head the inscription can be more like an annotation or drawings in the form of annotations......aaaahhhhhh....
The bootleg version of Amando Pablo, Odiando Escobar was my donation to Bookmeat. It was given to me by my father. He bought the illicit copy from the street vendors in Cali, which I feel gives it another layer of meaning. Cali, the home of brothers Gilberto and Miguel Rodriguez- Orejuela of the Cali Cartel were mortal enemies with Pablo and his Medellin Cartel. According to Virginia's book, a night spent in the arms of Gilberto was what launched an all out turf war between rival cartels. If you're intrigued, 2010 promises the release of the English version, Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar and if you contact me, I might personalize your copy. Oh yeah and please buy from an authorized dealer.
I organized a one night screening of videos by artists from Los Angeles and San Francisco entitled, Favorite This! at the Meridian Gallery in San Francisco. Part of my motivation for organizing the screening, was being inspired by some of my friends video pieces and wanting to share of these with a larger public. I made a call out to friends and friends of friends to send me their stuff. Without much in the way of parameters, I said "just send me what you have". Everyday was a delight, when I would go to my mailbox and right there next to my ever accruing bills, were these little packages containing the submissions for Favorite This! Each one was individually wrapped and packaged, reflecting the artist' particular artistic mission and taste. From the plain bubble wrapped CD mailer, a pink picture book, a DVD box set, a glassine wrapped disc. Some nights, I would come home to find little discs tucked into the planter next to my front door. With my live in love, exclaiming, " I opened the door and a weary eyed girl handed me this disc!" Were those the tired eyes of late night video editing? Oh final cut..How I love thee. I set out to arrange the pieces in the screening into some cohesive format, sitting for hours viewing Quicktimes and making notes on them. I noticed themes in common, like a certain quality of light, narrative or texture. The screening opened up with pieces I saw as exploring narrative and drama. In a lovely piece by Jordan Biren, It Was Dark as Night and Shadows, chiaroscuros hide and reveal characters trapped in a ritual of smoky eyed looking and not looking.
In others there was the use of collage aesthetics, see Tricia Lawless Murray's L' Autoportrait, cut-n-paste film making ( Krista Chael's Black Bayou Swan animation or as I like to call it faux animation, as in Nao Bustamante's #1, from the series the Earth people, where her champaign poodle FUFU is coiffed in the manner of an American Bison. The city and nature were juxtaposed in Michael Damm's video, a projection of urban locales projected onto a Oakland street corner and Stephanie Allespach's Walden Musings: Aims of an Anarchist. There was also a lovely marriage of works in the politically charged pieces by Andy Cox and Nancy Popp in Hostage video and United States Code 2340A, respectively. The last sequence of video's explored the artist as narrator, auteur, or Christ figure. Gordon Winiemko in Meet the Artist or Cliff Hengst as Jesus Christ stalking San Francisco's Mission district,a spoof or commentary on the sidewalk proselytizing that occurs in street corners across America. The screening room at Meridian was pretty filled until approximately 11:30, when the crowd started to peter out. After that only the hardcores were left standing or leaning to watch the LA Art Girls's piece Strangelove, a remake line by line and scene by scene of Stanley Kubrick's 1964 Doctor Strangelove, Or how I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.
Here is a little blurb from the press release.......
Favorite This! takes its title from the blogging and viral video phenomenon of “favoriting” and “sharing” an internet find. Favorite This! connects the work of video artists with video work spread across the internet in social media websites such as Facebook, My Space and You-Tube.
Video makers can be said to be predecessors or even trailblazers of the current DIY video phenomenon found on sites such as You-Tube, where the democratic platform has allowed everyone from the amateur filmmaker to TV networks and Hollywood production houses to post videos for public view. As early adaptors of film- making equipment, such as the movie camera, the video camera and more recently digital editing software, artists have used DIY strategies to bend the medium of film and video, in works that are abstract, performative, and narrative.
A view of the Vanitas installation at S B London. Inspired by Pop art, poster art, and design. It was the first time I took an image of my work, in this case photographs that I made to go with the Vanitas video piece, and altered or re-processed them into poster like prints. I liked the idea of taking an older work and making something new with it. Kinda like recycling. The prints are individually sold on Etsy.com.
Señorita School goes to Etsy.com. Etsy is a website which allows artists and craft folks to sell their handmade goods on the internet. I've set up shop and hope to sell small editions of prints and t-shirts designed by yours truly. On Etsy, I have a series of prints I made for a show at S B London last year called Video Works. The prints are inspired by pop art and poster art and feature imagery inspired by videos I've made. Each print is hand-altered and unique. For more details, Please check out my Etsy store.
This early Castaño has resurfaced after a thirteen year hiatus. It was shown in my first ever painting exhibition at the Luggage Store in San Francisco circa 1995, called "Dos Painters from the Mission" with Kenneth Huerta. From there, it was bought by Rene Di Rosa who had it in his home as part of the Di Rosa Collection. The painting was inspired by a family portrait that my dad had of him and his brothers. I wanted each character to resemble Velazquez or Garcia Marquez character. Well now it's back a lovely gallery from Florida has the painting and we are trying to find a home for it. So if you have any leads me write me here.
Thanks so much!
Review: Carolyn Castano at Walter Maciel Gallery
10:45 AM, April 17, 2009
In his cartoonish style, Colombian artist Fernando Botero once painted a picture of slain drug kingpin Pablo Escobar as an obese, rooftop-dancing gangster amid a hail of bullets — sort of “Fiddler on the Roof” for the degenerate set. He presented the brutal criminal, once listed by Forbes magazine among the world’s richest men, in his pseudo-Robin Hood guise, dangerous yet cuddly. I’ll take Carolyn Castaño’s version any day. Her new work at Walter Maciel Gallery shuns easy moralizing for the sheer strangeness of modern media celebrity.
Seven punchy portraits, each 5 by 4 feet, chronicle men and women associated with Colombia ’s drug-addled travails. Paired with Escobar is Virginia Vallejo, the television news anchor who, improbably, was also his mistress. Nearby is Laura Zuñiga, the Mexican beauty queen who last December lost her crown when she was arrested on an alleged cash-and-weapons-smuggling trip to South America . Rodrigo Echeverry, Ingrid Betancourt, Clara Rojas and others who have flashed across TV screens also make appearances.
Castaño renders each one as a two-dimensional line drawing in rudimentary black paint on a blank white ground. Something as mundane as a facial feature — the curve of a nose or the shape of an eye — is faithfully rendered. But likeness is swamped by the overwhelming sparkle of glitter-encrusted paint on hair and lips, showers of syncopated geometric patterns in bright, eye-dazzling colors and lush cascades of ornate, stylized flowers.
There’s a visual insanity to the blaring execution of this imagery that meshes perfectly with the craziness of the subjects’ outlandish tabloid stories. A kind of Extreme Celebrity Portraiture, Castaño’s gonzo pictures make weird sense of inscrutable lives.
-- Christopher Knight
Los Angeles Times
Walter Maciel Gallery, 2642 S. La Cienega Blvd. , Culver City , (310) 839-1840, through May 9. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Above: "Beauty Queen, Drug Moll, Girlfriend (Laura Zuniga)" (2009), acrylic, glitter and mixed media on canvas. Credit: Walter Maciel Gallery
Gallery 1: Oscar Cueto, Héroe, New Video, Sculpture and Drawings
Gallery 2: Carolyn Castaño, It’s Complicated, New Paintings
4 April – 9 May 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 4th, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Walter Maciel Gallery will present two solos shows by Mexico City based artist Oscar Cueto and Los Angeles based artist Carolyn Castaño. The exhibition will be Cueto’s second with the gallery and the first show for Castaño.
Cueto’s new show entitled Héroe comments on the universal connection of the contemporary art world. With the use of video, sculpture and drawing, the work focuses on the four leading art powers of the world including the USA, England, Germany and France and their relationship to the rest of the world. The main subject is the world map which is shown manipulated and rearranged to comment on location and power. A series of map drawings done in black ink on vellum plays with the notion of a new world order. The continents are repositioned with the lesser powered locales being physically attacked by the four leading countries. In some drawings the recognizable territories intersect in overlapping patterns to disguise their original form with a simple red stain marking the penetration. Other drawings simply show a world view with some or all of the leading countries removed as if they never existed. Made out of laser cut acrylic, the sculptures mimic the drawings with the eastern continents piercing through the western continents at carefully marked locations. Cueto depicts his tongue and cheek hatred for these super powers as an artist producing work in Mexico, a country outside of the parameters. Initially, Cueto wanted to include China as the fifth super power but omitted it because the progress of its international art presence is still undecided.
The drawings will be shown on a light table with the hanging map sculptures overhead. Within the installation hand sewn flags are strategically placed with black coverings on each side to conceal the instant recognition of the country it represents. The only indications of each flag are sporadically placed holes on the surface and the edge of the pole where colors and patterns are carefully discerned. In addition, two videos will be shown projected on either side of the gallery, one displaying a series of moving maps and the other a rock band using cut out maps as their instruments. The video animations are made from hand drawn frame to frame images on a digital notepad putting to motion the line of the corresponding drawings. A series of unframed gouache drawings entitled Brujeria/Witchcraft will be on view in an adjacent space in the gallery.
Cueto is currently showing a similar body of work at the Collette Blanchard Gallery in New York. He has gallery representation in his home base of Mexico City where he has shown regularly for the past five years. A series of Cueto’s work was recently acquired by the Jumex Collection in Mexico City. He recently showed at the Festival la Mar de la Música in Cartagena, Spain and he has been included in solo and group exhibitions throughout Mexico.
In the second gallery, a show of mixed media paintings entitled It’s Complicated will be presented by Carolyn Castaño. These new works depict portraits of the amorous adventures of Latin American guerrillas, drug lords, presidential candidates and beauty queens. The stories range from the Colombian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar who catapulted a brutal drug trade to the height of geopolitics while falling in love with the journalist Virginia Vallejo to Laura Zuñiga the “Miss Sinaloa 2008” beauty queen who was arrested with her narco boyfriend Angel Orlando Garcia Urquiza for illegal possession of excessive weapons and ammunition on Christmas Eve. The selection of these notorious figures comments on the fascination society has with tabloid images of love, infamy and crime as an escape from the mundane and habitual. Castaño unveils the ongoing human desire for myth and untiring need to adore our folk heroes meeting global fandom, glamour and digital media.
With the use of kitschy materials such as glitter, rhinestones and flocking, the portraits come to life as replicas of 80s new wave poster art. Each of the subjects is shown surrounded by motifs, colors and patterns that relate to specific parts of their biographies. For example, the green and white stripes in the painting of Pablo Escobar and Virginia Vallejo represent Escobar’s favorite soccer team while the camouflage markings seen in the painting of Ingrid Betancourt and Clara Rojas mimic the uniforms of their captors in the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). Conflicting fantasies of wealth, honor, dominance and true love contend for the personas of each depicted figure played out in the interpretation of global media. The title It’s Complicated refers to the jargon used in social websites to describe “relationship status” partially as a wink towards the digital networks that increasingly speed these narratives around the globe, but mostly as a realization of the enduring truths of love and desire.
Castaño received her MFA at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001 and a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1995. She has had solo shows at Lombard-Freid Fine Art in New York and at Kontainer in Los Angeles. A selection of her work is traveling in the museum exhibition Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement which originated at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and is currently on view at the San Antonio Museum of Art.