ARTEMIO: Narco Mantras

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ARTEMIO: Narco Mantras

3191 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
February 11th, 2010 - March 13th, 2010
Opening: February 11th, 2010 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

video, Multimedia, installation, conceptual
Free and open to the public


Queen’s Nails Projects is pleased to present a new installation by the Mexico City conceptual artist.

ARTEMIO’s work speaks to the extreme wealth and violence of the drug trade and the complex cultural reality, which it creates. Narco Mantras is an installation of contemporary mandala imagery that offers a distilled mirror image of an apolitical revolution brought on by violence and an apathetic public’s willingness to be consumed and dazzled by it. In ARTEMIO’s mandala works, guns, grenades, bombs, and machetes assemble themselves in an ornate and impeccable order as a paradox of fascination and repulsion. The work offers insight into a culture of violence that appears anarchist, but is clearly not without order.

This installation of ARTEMIO’s work is organized in conjunction with Galería de la Raza who will simultaneously present the artist’s Hollywoodpedia, an installation comprised of 120 videos that act as an audiovisual encyclopedia of the human condition as represented by Hollywood. Hollywoodpedia will be on view at Galería de la Raza February 6th- April 17th.

ARTEMIO is a multimedia artist whose practice spans video, sculpture and painting. Through the appropriation and reinterpretation of pop cultural elements and icons, he seeks to juxtapose a wide range of concepts including love, war, audience, kitsch and repulsion. 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. ARTEMIO is currently the recipient of the prestigious FONCA Jóvenes Creadores grant and Mexico’s El Universal calls him one of the 17 most relevant living artists in Mexico.