My last few years in Mexico City has greatly inspired my work. I am constantly absorbing my surroundings and the colors, textures, stories, food, flowers, architecture, fashion and culture that have influenced me is transformed in the imagery that I create.
I am proud to announce my first solo exhibit in Mexico City – The Mischievous Impulse of Xhico, curated by Leslie Moody Castro. The show will be held at Galería La 77 at El Patio 77 in Colonia San Rafael, Mexico City.
The show will consist of recent work including self-portrait photography, drawings and object. Everyone is welcome to join us for the opening on Thursday, July 14 at 7pm to share stories and of course some mezcal, provided by Koch El Mezcal and Sabe Mezcal.
The Mischievous Impulse of Xhico
J.García Icazbalceta 77. Colonia San Rafael, 06470 Mexico City, Mexico
Esquina Manuel María Contreras
Metro San Cosme
About the exhibition
For Patio 77, the combined narratives that Xhico has illustrated invite the visitor to step into a beautiful new world. Conceived around the idea of transience, reconsidering identity, various forms of expression to mould a self-perception and life existing between moments, The Mischievous Impulse of Xhico offers its audience the impetus to consider a space of vision and revision.
About the artist
Larimie Garcia is an artist and multifaceted creator of narratives. Through his alter-ego Xhico, he has made a world through which the banality of daily life radiates through the infinitesimally small details. His hyper-exaggerated and highly embellished drawings and photographs play with worlds both imaginary and real, blurring the lines between what we really see and what he has fabricated.
The Mischievous Impulse of Xhico at Galería 77 is Xhico’s first solo exhibition in Mexico City and he invites us to view the world through his mischievous and flirtatious lens.
I often traveled to the desert with my family as a child. On these trips I learned about Native American cultures in the Western United States and this spawned my interest in the collision between ancient and contemporary cultures. Even as a child I doodled over pop-culture and fashion magazines to occupy my time. Now I make art because I am constantly bombarded by an influx of ideas that I cannot control. As a practicing artist working with varied media, indigenous cultures still weave their way into the final artistic outcome of any project I produce.
I am interested in the interconnectivity of fashion, film, music, beauty and pop. I believe that the symbiotic relationship between all these genres has manifested itself much more in graphic design, which I have practiced professionally for more than a decade. I often communicate with physical bodies in a three dimensional world then flatten their faces to masks in order to illustrate the facade people wear. These masks are rooted in tribal patterns, makeup, war paint and bring together part of ancient pasts and innate internal identities that cannot be denied.
About the Curator
Leslie Moody Castro is an independent curator and writer living and working in both Mexico and Texas. She has organized and collaborated on exhibitions at Artpace San Antonio, for the Contemporary Art Month, San Antonio, Texas State University, CentralTrak Dallas, and Co-Lab Projects. She is committed to creating moments of artistic exchange and dialog and as such recently co-founded Unlisted Projects, an artist residency program in Austin, Texas. She has been nominated for various awards for her work in Austin, and was recently awarded a grant through the National Endowment for the Arts for the collaborative project Placeholder, at the Visual Arts Center at The University of Texas at Austin. Moody Castro has also been selected as Curator and Artistic Director for the Texas Biennial, slated for the fall of 2017. She is also a regular contributor for Artforum, Flash Art International, Frieze Magazine, ArtNews, and ArtCritical.
Moody Castro earned her Master's degree at the University of Texas at Austin in Museum Education with a portfolio supplement in Museum Studies in 2010, and her Bachelor's degree in Art History at DePaul University in Chicago in 2004.
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