Árbol de la vida, 2012
Wood, cloth, ribbon, acrylic, and tung oil
91.5" x 28.5" x 18.5"
Cetro 14, 2013 (detail)
Wood and cord
144" x 1.5" x 1.5"
Ni tanto que queme al santo,
ni tanto que no lo alumbre
December 15, 2013 – February 2, 2014
Artist Reception: Sunday, December 15, 5 - 7 p.m.
Artist Talk: Sunday, January 19, 2014, 4 p.m.
CB1 Gallery is pleased to present our third solo exhibition of the work of Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia, Ni tanto que queme al santo, ni tanto que no lo alumbre. Mostly sculptural, the exhibition includes several new Papel tejido pieces, including his largest yet, and a new body of work, Cetros. The exhibition will be on view from December 15, 2013 – January 26, 2014. The gallery will host a reception for the artist on Sunday, December 15, from 5 – 7 p.m. and an artist talk on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 4 p.m.
As in earlier bodies of work, Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia's new work is informed by sources ranging from personal anecdotes to art-historical and ethnographic motifs. And, the most recent body of work is also guided by the idea that abstraction and representation are two sides of the same coin; that every representation is an abstraction and every abstraction is a representation. “Even the most self-referential tautologies in art represent a certain ideology, education system, even class. I also think the most direct representational imagery is abstracted to a degree through it’s mannerism, style, and presentation,” says Hurtado Segovia.
Christianity continues to be an influence in Hurtado Segovia’s new work. The imagery moves away from a readily coded Protestant visual language, and toward pop culture, but still speaks about Christianity and not religion or spirituality as a vague general mood. He is interested in how various peoples have interpreted their Christian faith and in the many ways it is represented through ritual and artifacts.
Included are several new Papel tejido (woven paper construction) works, one his largest ever, however, the exhibition is mostly sculptural. Featured are a series of tall wooden poles covered in woven cord emblazoned with various geometric shapes, words and symbols called Cetros, resembling scepters or staffs. Presented alone or in clusters, these sculptures are reminiscent of pagan totemic artifacts and abstracted enchanted forests.
Born in Cd. Júarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, the artist graduated with a BA from UCLA in 2003 and an MFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2007. In 2010, his work was featured in “The Story of O” at Otis College of Art and Design and CB1 Gallery has hosted two revious solo exhibitions, and a solo exhibition at PINTA New York, in mid November, 2013. His work is in the collection of The Hammer Museum as well as several corporate and private collections. He lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles where he also maintains his studio. Hurtado Segovia is Assistant Professor of Illustration at Otis College of Art and Design.