Destruction is perceived mainly by our sight and I have been fascinated by the way it appears in front of us as degradation, fragility and deterioration of the materials and objects that humans stubbornly use and create. The attractive aesthetics of destruction is always present in our urban societies in a physical as well as in a virtual way. Its visual complexity, strength and appearance have captivated me to the point of making it the center of my artwork. Having as guide the visual illusion, I have been focusing my work in the appropriation of the image of damaged human creations, taking them to the artistic context and making evident the astonishing beauty that is found in the aesthetics of destruction. I think that these altered forms are also a clear metaphor of the contemporary human being that destroys itself, without even realizing it, menwhile is immersed in the maelstrom of the everyday urban life. However, the destruction is inherent to creation, to existence itself, everything is being constantly destroyed. There is no movement without damage nor life without movement. My work is thus a creation that comes from destruction.
Gustavo Villegas (Mexico, 1976) He is an artist that has been dedicating his career in expanding the plastic limits of the realistic painting. Nowadays he is member of the National System of Art Creators (2012-2015), but he has also received various stimuli and national and international awards for his work. He received the scholarship from the Young Creators Program (2010-2011) given by the Culture and Arts National Founding, and from the Creation Stimulus Program by the Culture and Arts Institute of Queretaro State (2012-2013). He also has been elected to participate in different international artistic residencies: “The Why Not Place”, Religare Art Residency Programme in Nueva Delhi, India (2011), Djerassi Resident Artists Program in California, United States (2010) and in Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada (2008). In Mexico his work has been awarded with the Acquisition Award at the Monterrey Emerging Art Biennial (2008) and the first place in the National Biennial Julio Castillo in Queretaro (2008). Also, his works have been selected to participate in CUADRO Guide and Salon of Emerging Artists (2009 and 2010), the Emerging Contemporary Art Fair (2007) and the publication mART: "Selection of Emerging Artists for New Collectors" (2007 ). His work has been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions, in Mexico, India, Canada, Sweden, Switzerland and New York.
The show is a reflection of Liu Bolin's multifaceted and complex view of contemporary society and culture. The critically acclaimed and internationally renowned artist will release the first works of a new series, Hiding in California.