Enrique Castrejon: An Artist Who Waifs & Strays

Exhibit at Bermudez Projects on view through March 22, 2012

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: March 2, 2012

Enrique Castrejon: An Artist Who Waifs & Strays

Enrique Castrejon spent the two years since his outstandingly successful Bermudez Projects exhibit "Measured and Fragmented" immersed in queer subculture ‘«Ű the world of bears, twinks, jocks, studs, and call-in masseurs. What emerged is "Waifs & Strays," a provocative new collection at Bermudez Projects that will change the way you think about the male form. The exhibit runs through March 22.

Castrejon gathers images of men from magazines, newspapers, catalogues, and personal photos; cuts them into pieces; then reassembles them. And then, in an almost trance-like state, he uses mathematical equations and measurements to transform these fragments into often erotic but always thought-provoking line drawings on collage.

In Castrejon's words, "I create new interpretations of the appropriated image by interchanging its corresponding shapes and form ‘«Ű possibly offering other narratives or compositional abstractions."

In "Gym Clone," the separated segments of a bronzed man's muscular torso appear almost like plates of body armor, while Castrejon's lines, fractions, and calculations emphasize how gay culture objectifies the male body.

In "David," what was once a handsome regular guy's face is broken into its constituent parts ‘«Űhair, chin, ears, lips, and brow -- measured, appraised, and left askew like parts of a puzzle. The sum of the parts no longer equals the whole.

An HIV/AIDS counselor, Castrejon also goes inside the body to examine the AIDS virus. In "HIV Investigation 12," his lines of measurement overwhelm the tiny virus, belying its terrible power ‘«™ or maybe offering hope that science, represented here by mathematics, might offer a cure. Syphilis and gonorrhea also come under Castrejon's unique artistic microscope.

Born in Taxco, Guerrero, Mexico, Castrejon studied Fine Art at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and earned his Masters of Fine Art from CalArts. He has been featured in many group shows and art fairs throughout Southern California and abroad, including the Armory Center for the Arts, Art Platform: Los Angeles, Barnsdall Art Center, Claremont Art Museum, LA Art Core, LACE, MOCA's Fresh 2009, Pulse: Miami, Santa Monica Museum of Art's Incognito (2009-2012), Outpost of Contemporary Art, Torrance Art Museum and the Wignall Museum.

Castrejon is currently participating in "Out of Rubble," a traveling exhibit featuring works by international contemporary artists addressing the aftermath of current and past wars.

Bermudez Projects is at 117 West 9th Street, Space 810, Los Angeles, CA 91105. By appointment only. Click here to schedule a visit.

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