In the midst of national economic crisis, Queens Nails Annex is pleased to present
Recession: The alternative economies of Maximo Gonzalez. Recession will present Gonzalez'
bifurcated practice of both object production and alternative exhibition making. Recession will
open May 16th from 7 - 11p.m. and will run until June 13th.
The front gallery of QNA will feature one of Gonzalez's incredibly detailed and meticulously made
collage-murals, entirely constructed of devalued third world currency. These large-scale collages,
reminiscent of the political paintings of the Mexican muralist in the early 20th century, conflate
the relationship between the aesthetic of the political machine that eats forests and defecates
televisions and tanks, and the reality of the economic machine that bankrupts developing nations.
The second gallery will present a retrospective from Gonzalez' alternative /informal economy project
El Changarrito. The Changarrito is a small push cart, likened to that often seen in the streets of
Mexico that sell various items from fresh fruit to black market goods. For Gonzalez the "Changa", as
it is affectionately called, is a means of intervention and critique. Situated in front of major art
fairs, museums, symposiums, and flea markets alike, Gonzalez uses the Changarrito as both a platform
for emerging artists and as a satire of the art market. Since 2005, more than 60 artists have
presented their work on the Changarrito, selling their work to collectors ranging from afternoon
flâneurs to the King of Spain and the president of Mexico. The Changa retrospective at QNA will
exhibit a selection of works by Gonzalez' from the over 500 pieces in the official Changarrito
In addition, QNA is proud to present the second incarnation of the Changarrito, a new pushcart
that has been created for exhibitions in the United States. With the exhibition of this new Changa,
the Changarrito project moves one step closer to being an international phenomenon. The new Changa
will be presenting and selling works from several emerging artists both from the Bay Area and Latin America.
Finally, the backroom of QNA will exhibit additional collages and drawings by Gonzalez of both
political satire and vending carts.
González was born Paraná, Entre Rios, Argentina in 1971, and currently lives and works in Mexico City.
He studied Fine Arts in the Josefina Contte Institute of Fine Arts, in Corrientes, Argentina from
1992 - 1996, and has shown his work internationally since 1998.
Featured exhibitions include: Arms and Tools, Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City, 2004; Moral and
Civic Instruction, Travesia 4 Gallery, Madrid, Spain, 2005; Proyecto Changarrito, Galeria MDF,
Mexico City, 2006; Poetics of the Handmade, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, curated by
Alma Ruiz, 2007; and The tree: from the social to the sublime, VanArtGallery, Vancouver, British
Regular gallery hours will be 12-6 Friday - Sunday