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Thursday, January 14, 2010
Comments: Anonymous said...
Are You rebelling against the Chicano Movement from the '70's... and not following any " Academic Rules" ?
Gabriel Trevino :
"This one here: living fish -pen/pencil/prisma on 8x11 paper,executed in 1999.
Looking back at the years 95' to 2000, my early 20's, which was a very productive time for me, before 1999 I had already had a one man show in 1998 at the Richardson Art Gallery- and had also traveled to Washington DC - Smithsonian to view allot of work first hand.
So there was a certain knowledge, and understanding of art, I wouldn't necessarily say I rebelled, sometimes it simply had to do with the lack of art supplies, painting on cheap paper,cardboard,or whatever in general, with pens or pencils, paint with motor oil is a true story, that I think became part of process of my work sometimes..and I think it add it to the element of exploring new media and concepts..
Living Fish -which views life as a swimming fish school or Talking with Ants, as well as The Famous World of Rolling Tomato, was the creativity, being original and finding the artistic voice. Being Mexican-American at this time I don't think I was aware of Chicano movements or ideology that was influential to my work. I simply produced."
COMMENTS: Anonymous said...
Finally G.T., You have revealed the essence of artistry "Being Mexican-American at this time I don't think I was aware of Chicano movements or ideology that was influential to my work. I simply produced."
It doesn't matter if your skin color, nationality, income level, sexuality, or anything else...IT'S ALL ABOUT THE ART.
The artist's personal life is of secondary interest. Appraisal value if you will. Something you'd expect from a secondhand point of view.
"Simply Producing" embarks a journey thirsted for, expression not justification, and for that there is cause.
So G.T.? When are you simply going to produce again?
I think every artist battles with that question as they reflect on their purpose when producing art.
I think my production continues to be based on the same creative process no different than what I was doing in 1999, I think "TRES" (Antinori, Gomez and Trevino) exhibition 2009 at Historic Brownsville Museum was a big reflection of that: three painters producing art. It's one of the biggest misconceptions of how artist of Brownsville and or the Valley are perceived. Because of our area it is expected that artist only do Chicano work, and "TRES" challenged that misconception I think successfully. Unfortunately we couldn't get the medias attention - Travis Whitehead - Brownsville Herald to cover what we were doing or what we were trying to accomplish..... But there will be a "CUATRO" perhaps then we can set the record streight.....
You have to note that the idea of The Art of Brownsville also works on that principle..
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