Daniel Guzmán solo show opens on 13 December 2014


Daniel Guzmán: Chromosome Damage

13 December – 21 February 2015


PV: Fri 12 December, 6.30 – 8pm

Chromosome Damage is an exhibition of 30 drawings by Daniel Guzmán, his first solo exhibition in a public gallery in the UK. Guzmán’s oeuvre is steeped in the context of Mexican and pre-Hispanic imagery. This new series reference the imagery and iconography of Aztec deities, goddesses and earth mothers. Each drawing represents a single voluptuous female figure baring teeth and pop out eyes, who goes through mystic and troubling transformations, growing extended limbs, multiple breasts and hands; feet become tree trunks and snakes coil round them.

'I play fiction and reality games that are personalized based on my own obsessions, like the meaning of life, love, disappointment, violence, whether sexual, emotional, or criminal, the search for happiness, and now that I am older, the quest for a kind of tranquility, silence, death'.

Guzmàn works in a range of media including site specific installation, video and paint, but he is best known for his densely layered ink and pencil drawings. His drawings began as copies of rock-band records and posters, which he started overlyaing with words and words.

Daniel Guzmàn (b. 1964) was born in Mexico City where he lives and works. He studied in Mexico City at Escuela Nacional de Artes Plàsticas at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) 1989-93). Recent solo shows include: Museum of Contemporary Art, Oaxaca, Mexico (2012), El Sol de Mexico, Harris Lieberman, New York (2009); Double Album: Daniel Guzmán and Steven Shearer, Curated by Richard Flood, New Museum, New York (2008). Recent group shows include The Modern Art Museum of Worth, Texas, US (2013), My Generation, (group project by Daniel Guzmán), Kurimanzutto, Mexico (2009); Life on Mars: 55th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2008); 5th Berlin Biennial, Berlin (2008); Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1976, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal (2007-2009); Turin Triennial, Turin, (2005); The Everyday Altered, Curated by Gabriel Orzoco, Venice Biennale (2003). Work by Guzmàn is in museum collections worldwide, including Jumex Collection, mexico;  Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; MOCA, Los Angeles. He is represented by Kurimanzutto, México and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.

“Chromosome Damage”, 2014

Daniel GuzmánSin título. from the series: Chromosome Damage, 2014, 2014
Pastel, charcoal and acrylic on paper, 63.5 x 44cm