—adjective, longing for another place, another person, another time
—noun, a group art show in Oxnard, California this December 2009 - Feb 21, 2010.
Here is an introduction to some of the artists and the work they will show. More artists to follow.
Black is the Day, Black is the Night is a work in progress, surrounding the correspondence between several men serving Life and Death Row sentences throughout the United States and myself. All of these men have served over 13 years in confinement, going in as young as 13, 15 and 18.
© Amy Elkins
Flowers are really important in my mother and sisters’ homes, not just on birthdays and anniversaries, but everyday and year round, on their patios and through their houses. When I was a kid I used to pick flowers from each of them. But December 12, Guadalupe Day, was extra special. I would make a bouquet that was so amazing, I always felt like I had taken home the first place blue ribbon at an American county fair for it. Six flowers and one arrangement is the representation of love and support they have given me. My arrangement represents what I have consciously obtained from them as well as what has made me the man I am today.
“Two Million Homes for Mexico” documents the massive low-income housing projects currently spreading through remote agrarian territory in Mexico. It explores multiple definitions of home, from the perspectives of real estate developers to the young resident families. The project examines the surge and effects of these developments, focusing on their role in the ongoing transformation of the cultural and ecological landscape in Mexico.
I’m excited to work with clothing that comes all from one source. Essentially, this pretty specific population that has [one person] in the middle is very interesting to me. If you can fancy that clothing perhaps maintains a trace of the people who wore it, as the elbows wear out on an old sweater and the way that jeans get tattered along the cuff, in a sense, the piece is going to end up ultimately being like a portrait.
My work is representative of shifts in ideals, much of which I think happens when you leave home. Home to me is such a fluid word. In these pieces there is a literal depiction of people or objects in water, fog and these wet environments. When you leave from where you’ve been raised, the ideals with which you grew up begin to change as your definition of home changes. It is a process of growing.
Featuring fifteen international artists, Homesick debuts at Carnegie Art Museum December 12. Through mixed media including prints on paper, oil paintings, video installation, photography and sculpture, the show is an exploration of Homesick portrayed through images of wet landscapes, racing automobiles, grandmothers, trackhousing, meditative abstract illustration, stickers, and domestic housework.
Carnegie Art Museum is located at 424 South C Street in Oxnard, California. The opening public reception is from 4 to 7 pm on Saturday, December 12. The show runs through December to February 21.
For more information, please go to: www.trujillopaumier.com/homesick/