Christian Boltanski

April 18, 2010By Pablo Gonzalez-TrejoArtists, Blogt, burrito, photos 1 Comment

See some Christian Boltanski’s pictures in Monumenta 2010. I liked this odd exhibition but like always… so far, so close. January 1st, 2010, my soon to be family in law had breakfast with Christian Boltanski and Annette Messager. These are artists that I will love to meet … but no luck. I’ll tell you the story. My future parents in law run a beautiful bed & breakfast (La Maison du Cordon) in a small town in Burgundy (Aignay-le-Duc) where a very important french artist lives (Bertand Lavier) … so far this reads like an art fairy tale and you will tell me it is not possible… but yes, they came to spend new year’s eve with Lavier and so they slept in my parents in law’s B&B. I think next New Year’s eve I will spend it in Burgundy … just in case.

Connected

September 24, 2009By Pablo Gonzalez-TrejoBlogt, photos, Recent Exhibitions 1 Comment
Pablo Gonzalez-Trejo, Connected, 79 x 220 inches, 200 x 560 cm, 2009, Charcoal and Graphite on Canvas
Pablo Gonzalez-Trejo, Connected, 79 x 220 inches, 200 x 560 cm, 2009, Charcoal and Graphite on Canvas

Join me for a defacing performance November 4th at 7:30 pm at Le 104CENTQUATRE as part of my ongoing Defacing Art Project.

Exhibition runs from November 4th to the 8th, 2009. Vernissage opening starts at 6:00 pm

Le 104CENTQUATRE
104 rue d’Aubervilliers / 5 rue Curial 75019 Paris
M : Stalingrad (ligne 2) , Crimée ou Riquet (ligne 7)
Vélib’: bornes rue d’Aubervilliers, rue Curial, rue Riquet

Pablo Gonzalez-Trejo, Marilyn Monroe, 77 x 51 inches, 195 x 130 cm, 2009, Charcoal and Graphite on Canvas
Pablo Gonzalez-Trejo, Marilyn Monroe, 77 x 51 inches, 195 x 130 cm, 2009, Charcoal and Graphite on Canvas
Pablo Gonzalez-Trejo, JFK, 77 x 51 inches, 195 x 130 cm, 2009, Charcoal and Graphite on Canvas
Pablo Gonzalez-Trejo, JFK, 77 x 51 inches, 195 x 130 cm, 2009, Charcoal and Graphite on Canvas
Pablo Gonzalez-Trejo, Bay of Pigs, 79 x 118 inches, 200 x 300 cm, 2009, Charcoal and Graphite on Canvas
Pablo Gonzalez-Trejo, Bay of Pigs, 79 x 118 inches, 200 x 300 cm, 2009, Charcoal and Graphite on Canvas

Paris Studio Defacing

September 8, 2009By Pablo Gonzalez-TrejoBlogt, photos 1 Comment

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I continue my preemptive Defacing in Paris at this cool studio with a beautiful light. What do JFK, Marilyn Monroe and some unknown soldiers at Bay of Pigs have to do together? this is a triptych I am working on… linking an orgy from the past.

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Wang Du

May 23, 2009By Pablo Gonzalez-TrejoArtists, Blogt, photos No Comments
Wang Du, International Kebab, 2008, Rotating Installation
Wang Du, International Kebab, 2008, Rotating Installation

Wang Du’s International Kebab, a rotating installation where the public is invited to attack the art work with a bread cutting knife falls in the Defacing movement that I keep referencing in this blog. Can anybody else see it happening? More on Wang Du at La Force de l’art here

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Defacing Dictators

May 1, 2009By Pablo Gonzalez-TrejoBlogt, photos No Comments

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Drawing my friends for the second defacing project was an interesting and enriching process where I tried to match my perception of their personality with their portrait and that was quite a reminiscent approach that in most cases brought me a smile. Drawing dictators is dangerous proposition… in my case… I fell empathy for these guys while I was drawing them, I felt under their charisma. I never thought this would be possible. Hence the need to preempt the Defacing process… here are some samples and a couple of studio pics:

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Annie Kevans

April 26, 2009By Pablo Gonzalez-TrejoArtists, Blogt, photos 1 Comment
Annie Kevans, Boys Series, Francois Duvalier, 2004, Oil on paper, 50 x 40 cm
Annie Kevans, Boys Series, Francois Duvalier, 2004, Oil on paper, 50 x 40 cm

While researching the images to use in upcoming exhibition Not Welcome from my Defacing Art Project, I found this artist that imagines portraits of dictators as boys. I found this approach to representation of power and sociopolitical systems very interesting:

“My paintings reflect my interests in power, manipulation and the role of the individual in inherited belief systems. It is important for me to examine the duality of truth and falsehood throughout my work, which I do by creating ‘portraits’ which may or may not be based on real documentation.

The series ‘Boys’, in which dictators were depicted as children, looked at purity and corruption and, in particular, the notion of the ‘Innocent Child’. The series ‘Girls’ looked at the continuing media-led sexualisation of childhood and raised questions about our collusion in the deification and commodification of female child stars, from Shirley Temple to Britney Spears. Whereas the boys had to make a name for themselves as Pol Pot or Hitler, the girls were found, sought out, and their image given to them. The process of self invention, innocence and culpability touches both series differently.”

Find out more here

Ludovic Le Couster & Sébastien Preschoux

April 12, 2009By Pablo Gonzalez-TrejoArtists, Blogt, photos No Comments

Ludovic Le Couster  Sébastien Prechoux
Ludovic Le Couster and Sebastien Prechoux

While hicking on the the outskirts forests of Paris (right around where Vincent van Gogh lived his last days: Auvers Sur Oise) we found some installations while we were walking… later on that afternoon we met one of the artists doing the installations and were happy to talk installation art in the forest… I took a couple of pics to share… (information via comptineduquotidien)

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See Italy and Die

April 9, 2009By Pablo Gonzalez-TrejoBlogt, photos No Comments
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L'origine du monde by Gustave Courbet

We were invited to the opening reception of See Italy and Die at the Musée d’Orsay and it was OK… but what we really liked was to walk on an empty museum without guards…(defacing was not on my head… not really!… OK maybe just a little) We stumble into some beauties by Degas and others…

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Yan Pei-Ming at the Louvre

March 15, 2009By Pablo Gonzalez-TrejoArtists, Blogt, photos No Comments
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Yan Pei-Ming - Mona Lisa’s Funeral

It was nice to see Yan Pei-Ming – Mona Lisa’s Funeral at the Louvre… A portrait of Ming’s Father alive, then Mona Lisa, then a portrait of Ming dead. I am not sure what it means but I would have liked to see Yan Pei Ming to try do Mona Lisa in his signature style and not just a reproduction with a couple of drips in her face. Read more here, Flickr it here

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