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Arturo Elizondo Exhibit Opens at Intersección Gallery

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By Margaret Failoni

In this rich exhibition of recent works, Arturo Elizondo’s oeuvre outlines a history of the individual as narrated by its protagonists. Those protagonists are, for better or worse, members of an artistic elite tightly interwoven with the Mexican people. Elizondo challenges hegemonic narratives and prompts discussions on postcolonial histories and the current debate on cultural globalization.

This exhibition, which opens May 5, inquires about images portrayed and labeled as Mexican. But “Mexican” does not simply refer to a geographic region or identity—it is a multifaceted critical framework that offers an alternative way of looking at the world.

Arturo Elizondo is one of the leading proponents of the Realismo Magico movements of the 80’s and 90’s in Mexico, with works in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Art of the 20th Century collection as well as the Art Institute of Chicago.  Only a few of the prestigious museums throughout the world collect his work.

Focusing on the role of an artist as storyteller, Elizondo’s exhibition attempts to elicit a personal experience of the viewer and artist entangled in a geographic location or context. We are telling a story here where one stands looking in order to perceive and make sense of the world, of a scene, of an object. At the same time, it is also about a complex identity that cannot be encapsulated in a single definition. We are led to discover that events, people, and objects take on different forms, depending on our perspective, and are always in the state of constant flux. Color becomes a tool representing, in a simplistic manner, a region, a people. Poets and artists float through the air ‘à la Chagall.’

Patterns and plants become decoys, and, in all the work, passion is the outstanding presence—both political and sensual passion. In one small but largely impressive work, a self-portrait of the artist gazes down on his homeland scenario.

These exquisitely executed watercolor/collages are largely inspired by the renowned Mexican novelist Juan Rulfo, whose stories are a poetic volume in themselves.

Nothing daunts this artist: oils, pastels, watercolors, collage. All these tools are beautifully and equally mastered in order to tell his stories.


Art Exhibition

“Bosque Temporal”

Work from Arturo Elizondo

Intersección Gallery

Sat, May 5, 5–8pm

Fábrica Aurora




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