Erik Jerezano -- Strange case of vertical consequences

September 22, 2012 to October 13, 2012

representation: Galerie Trois Points
representation: General Hardware Contemporary

Exhibition Statement

My work originates from a visual language I term visceral-intuitive. The subjects of my work have a life cycle of their own, within which is contained a regeneration of form and a sense of rebirth, that if observed closely, shall give life to another ambiguous situation that will in turn carry on the fluidity of the visceral-intuitive. They are fables without morals, existing in a world informed by the visual negotiations that go on daily, yet still remain as quiet reminders of things left unnamed, perhaps even unnoticed, by the viewer.

Mutation and transformation are the main subjects of these most recent pieces. I have always been enamored by characters in fables and popular tales that have the possibility to become something else, to transform into another body. My fascination with these beings is multilayered, and I often reflect upon the risks taken during the transitional state. As an artist who is constantly evoking images of transition in a more ambiguous way, I find the concrete mythologies surrounding such changes are a powerful way to evolve thematically within my practice.

Artist Biography

Erik Jerezano was born in Mexico City in 1973. He is a self-taught artist who arrived to Toronto in 2001. Indeed, he sees a link between the immigration process, which always leaves something behind, and the habitual loss of limbs in his drawings. His work has been exhibited widely in Canada and abroad individually and as a member of the Z’otz* collective, while in Mexico he was also part of an art group that worked on outdoor murals.

Jerezano has been awarded grants from the Toronto, Ontario and Canada Arts Councils. His work is part of the art registry programs at the Drawing Center, New York and the Museum of Latin American Art in California. He exhibited at the Museum Knin (Croatia) and participated in the 16th edition of the International Print Biennial Seoul (South Korea) in 2011. The same year he won first prize from the Courvoisier Collective and was awarded the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 2012. His work is in several collections including the Canada Council Art Bank and The Bank of Montreal.

Exhibition Images
Line Gallery

Interview with Erik Jerezano