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Enrique Castrejon

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Birthplace
Taxco, Mexico

Birth year
1927

Lives in
Los Angeles, CA

Works in
Los Angeles, CA

Schools
CALARTS, 2006, MFA
ArtCenter, 2003, BFA
Cal State Northridge, 1998, BA

Tags
pop, conceptual, installation, figurative, abstract, calculated drawings, measured drawings, enrique castrejon, queer artist, quantativemaps, measured bodies, linear dissection, los angeles Latino artist, angle degrees, mathematical drawings, drawing installations, paper installations, emphreal art, conceptual drawings

Statement

Images of beauty, queer bodies, HIV, war, death, destruction and tragic current events are elements that inspire my work. I linearly dissect and cut appropriated images found in variety of eclectic media sources such as newspapers, magazines, advertisements and photographs, art books, Sotheby’s auction catalogs, porn, personal photos and online sources into smaller identifiable geometric shapes. I investigate and describe what I see through measurements. I transform this selected graphic imagery into quantified drawings mapped by measuring distances between points (x inches), at times calculating the varied angle degrees created within the shapes (360˚-A˚= B˚), and/or written data related to the image of each shape.  The distances around the shapes are measured in inches and their corresponding degree angles are calculated with a protractor and calculator. These precise measurements abstract the image interfering and altering its fixed meaning, creating other possible interpretations through this linear dissection. The final results are written around the shapes creating an intricate explosive web of verifiable units.  This repetitive and meditative process allows me to map out the drawing and reveal the invisible mathematical language found in everything.  Also, in creating these fragmented and measured drawings from the cut up parts of the whole and reconfigured, I challenge our perceptions of what is real, forcing us to think critically about information that is constantly bombarding our everyday lives through images selected in directed advertisements, pop-culture sources, editorials and news stories found in printed and online media.

Enrique Castrejon

Born: 1972; Taxco, Guerrero, Mexico.  Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Education:                                       

M.F.A.2006, Studio Art, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

B.F.A.2003, Studio Art, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

B.A.1998, Chicano/a Studies, California State University, Northridge, CA

 

Exhibition Record: (*solo shows marked by asterisk)

 2013      

Cannibalism In The New World, MexiCali Biennale, Vincent Price Museum, Los Angeles, CA.

OUT of RUBBLE, String Room Gallery, Wells College, Aurora, NY, and Harris Art Gallery, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA

Question the Line, The Collaborative, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA

Axiom of Solitude, Bermudez Projects, Los Angeles, CA*

Sur, Cerritos College, Los Angeles, CA

Artist Print Projects, Self Help Graphics, Los Angeles, CA

 

2012      

OUT of RUBBLE, SPACE Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA;Bowling Green State University Galleries, OH; The Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery, Kutztown University, PA

Great Refusal, Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

SPACELAND, Bermudez Projects, Los Angeles, CA

WAIFS & STRAYS, Bermudez Projects, Los Angeles, CA*

MOCA Fresh, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

FRESH stART, Los Angeles, CA

Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

Happening, LACE Annual Art Auction, Los Angeles, CA.

 

2011      

Gallery TEN Years & Counting, http://10yearsandcounting.com/

Word the Word, ARTLA, Santa Monica, CA http://www.annamayer.info/index.php?/upcoming/

Pacific Standard Time / Chicano AIR TALK, KPCC Pasadena, CA

Goldilocks, Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles, CA

Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

SOS, D-Block / Phantom Galleries, Long Beach, CA

LACE Limited Edition Portfolio, Art Platform, Los Angeles, CA

 

2010      

Commonwealth, POST, Los Angeles, CA

Measured & Fragmented, Design Within Reach, Los Angeles, CA*

Launch, Los Angeles, CA

Room Mobile, See Line Gallery, West Hollywood, CA

 

2009      

BookMeat, Side Street Projects, Pasadena, CA

Monster Drawing Rally, Outpost Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Concrete Drawing: Extending the Line, Fine Art Gallery, Cal State University, Los Angeles, CA

MOCA Fresh 09, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

I’ll Be Your Mirror, Bank Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

2008      

Infrastructure, Wignall Museum, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA  

Pulse Miami Art Fair, Bank Gallery, Miami, Fl

Preview Berlin Art Fair, Berlin, Germany

Slab Projects, Los Angeles, CA

Intersections, Outpost Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Monster Drawing Rally, Outpost Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Carnage, Project Room, Bank Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Your Documents Please! Zaim, Yokohama, Japan

Good Doll Bad Doll, Armory Center, Pasadena, CA

System Theory, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

 

2007      

Latitudes, LA Art Core, Los Angeles, CA

Link, collaboration with Cindy Santos Bravo, Ed Gomez’s Traveling Gallery of Contemporary Art, Phoenix, AZ.

Draw a Line, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, CA

               

2006      

Collisions & Pile-Ups, Cal Arts MFA Graduate Exhibition, Armory, Pasadena, CA

Genderocity, 4F Gallery, Chinatown Galleries, Los Angeles, CA

 

Awards:

2011       Big Draw LA Foundation http://bigdrawla.org/awards.php

2006       Cal Arts Fine Art Scholarship / Dean Art Reserve Grant                                                             

2005       Lulu May & Richard Von Hagen Award

2003       World Studio Foundation Award / Kraus Family Foundation Award

2001       Knapp Foundation Fine Art Award

1996       Rudy Acuna Scholarship Award

 

Memberships:

Out Post Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA               

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, CA

CAL Arts Alumni Association, Los Angeles, CA                          

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA  

Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

 

Residencies:

Master Printing Residency, Self Help Graphics, Los Angeles CA 04/2013

 

Conferences/ panels/ presentations:

Panelist, Chicano AIR TALK & Pacific Standard Time, AIR TALK with Larry Mantle 2011, KPCC, Pasadena, CA http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2011/10/20/21084/airtalks-chicano-arttalk-pacific-standard-time-exh

Artist Presentation, Measured and Fragmented by Enrique Castrejon, 2010 http://julian-bermudez.com/videos/

Facilitator, Measured & Fragmented Big Draw, Design Within Reach 2010, Los Angeles, CA http://bigdrawla.org/awards.php

Teaching Artist: Los Angeles County High School of the Arts Outreach Visual Arts Summer Workshop, Fairgrove Academy, La Puente, CA http://artshighfoundation.org/programs/

Presenter and Visiting Artist: Infrastructure, 2008 Wignall Museum, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Presenter: Latitudes, 2008, LA Art Core (The Brewery), Los Angeles, CA

Researcher: STAR (Sexual Training and Research), 2000, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, Columbia University, New York, NY

 

reviews / articles:

Baron, Jennifer. Pop Filter Hot Pick: Out Of Rubble premieres at Downtown's SPACE, Pop City, November 30, 2011 http://www.popcitymedia.com/features/outofrubble113011.aspx

Bauknecht, Sara. Miller troupe to celebrate resilience of human spirit: Dance preview, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, December 7, 2011. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11341/1194989-325.stm#ixzz1frc3sD20

Byrnes, Susan. Northridge Group Holds ‘Kiss-In’ to Fight Homophobia. Los Angeles Times, October 13, 1993. http://articles.latimes.com/1993-10-13/local/me-45206_1

Castrejon, Enrique. Have You Been Tested For HIV? El Popo Newspaper. Fall 1996, Chicana & Chicano Studies Department / MEChA / Califronia State University, Northridge, No. 1, pp.3-4.

Chavez, Luis A.    Playful Art (Enrique Castrejon). TentacionesMagazine. June 2001, Vol. 5, No. 18, pp.12

Dybul, Mark and et tal. Evaluation of Lymph Node Virus Burden in Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Patients Efravirenz-Baed Protease Inhibitor-Sparing Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy. The Journal of Infectious Diseases, Vol. 181, pg. 1273-9, 2000.

Farber, Tim. One Exhibit is Cyborg Friendly and the Other is A Real Snore. Daily Breeze, 2008. http://www.thefreelibrary.com/ONE+EXHIBIT+IS+CYBORG+FRIENDLY+THE+OTHER+IS+A+REAL+SNORE-a0174225632

Johnson, Clifford V. 'Monsters, Etc. ' (Enrique Castrejon) Asymptotia, Oct. 13, 2008

http://www.bank-art.com/press/2008/asymptotia_enrique.php

 Killian, Jennifer. Infrastructure Blends Politics, Feminism & Culture. The Breeze. Nov. 3, 2008, Vol. 19, Issue 5.

 Kinghorn, George. New American Paintings 81, April/May 2008. pg. 3.

http://www.newamericanpaintings.com/indeximages/previewfiles/pdfs/81.pdf

Mansfield, Katherine and Duquesne Duke, In the Middle of it All, January 12, 2012

http://www.theduquesneduke.com/in-the-middle-of-it-all-1.2740546#.TxBxfGC4LXw

McGinness, Christopher L. Out of Rubble: An art exhibit asks what about what comes after war? Pittsburgh City Paper January 11, 2012.    http://www.pittsburghcitypaper.ws/pittsburgh/out-of-rubble/Content?oid=1478266

Newhouse, Kristina. Artist Project: Linear Dissection Series. X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly, Winter 2008, Vol. 11, No 2, pp. 55-59.  http://www.x-traonline.org/artproj.php

Reno, Noelle. Healing the Mind. Corsair, Santa Monica College Weekly, Nov. 7, 2001.

 Reyatt, Tajinder. Governor’s Wife Gets Cold Greeting in Visit to CSUN. Daily Sundial. Sept. 20, 1995, Vol. 42, Issue 15. http://articles.latimes.com/1995-09-20/local/me-48068_1_high-school-math

Shaw, Kurt.  Images tell stories of ‘consequences of war,’ Pittsburgh Tribune Review, January 15, 2012.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/ae/museums/s_776543.html

Stollenwerk, Roman. Curator’s Notes: Enrique Castrejon. Infrastructure: Exhibition Catalog, Wignall Museum, 2008

Slavick, Susanne. Out of Rubble, Charta Books, 2011.

Thomas, Mary. Art weighs U.S. role in 2 wars, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, January 25, 2012.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/12025/1205700-437.stm

Thomas, Mary. Artful Bounty: Revealing and relevant exhibitions, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, December 28, 2011.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11362/1199588-4370.stm?cmpid=newspanel0#ixzz1iQM19vra

Thompkins, Pilar. Enrique Castrejon: Measuring and Mapping Chaos. Latitudes: Exhibition Catalog, LA ArtCore, 2007

Recent Exhibits

Enrique Castrejon participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2013 The 2nd Los Angeles SUR:biennial
Cerritos College Art Gallery
 
Sep, 2013 OUT OF RUBBLE
Harris Art Gallery - University of La Verne
 
Apr, 2013 Question In The Line
The Collaborative
 
Jan, 2013 MexiCali Biennial 2013: Cannibalism in the New World
Vincent Price Art Museum
 
Mar, 2011 S.O.S. (Save Our States)
D-Block Projects
 
Jun, 2010 Slab in temporary space / Unheralded Media from a Pop-culture monologue...
the temporary space
 
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