Newman Popiashvili Gallery is pleased to present Artemio and Ruben Gutierrez in their two-person show in New York. The Latin title of the show "Thus passes the glory of the world" is a quote used in a papal coronation, served as a reminder of the transitory nature of life and earthly honors. Both Artemio and Ruben Gutierrez approach evil, corruption, power and entertainment in today’s Mexican society with the strategy of humor and parody. Using appropriation they have developed a group of works that comment on the overdose of mass media and desensitization to the brutality of the everyday violence in Mexico.
The images of the guns in Artemio’s work evoke the familiar icons of urban brutality, specifically the guns used in much of the drug related violence happening throughout Mexico and the United States. The imagery is employed in Artemio's work in a repetitive and ironically decorative manner, undermines the individual symbolism of the objects and creates a number of social critiques in the placement and design of the guns.
Ruben Gutierrez is a Monterrey based artist. He is a founder of ObjectNotFound.org an independent non-profit Contemporary Art Space in Monterrey, Mexico. He has exhibited at Galeria Yautepec, Enrique Guerrero and La Panaderia among others. Artemio currently lives and works in Mexico City.
Artemio aka The Mexican Contemporary Art Rolls Royce. Is a multimedia artist whose practice spans video, sculpture, installation and painting. Through the appropriation and reinterpretation of diverse elements and icons, he juxtapose a wide range of concepts, politics, power structures and irony are his main topics. Over the last two years alone, he has had individual exhibitions in Bogota, Lima, Mexico City, Guadalajara, New York, and London, and his work has been featured in group exhibitions in Moscow, Sydney, Havana, Miami, and Seoul.