Image provided by Josue Pellot
Chicago-based artist Josué Pellot opened his most recent solo show, titled New Work, at the Chicago Cultural Center last week. The exhibition features photographs and installations that investigate ideas of consumerism and the politics of identity within Puerto Rican culture.
In the photograph titled Dama a Caballo, Pellot offers an updated version of the iconic work of 18th century Puerto Rican painter José Campeche. Contrary to the original work’s European landscape and refined representation, Pellot chooses to “puertoricanize” the image by depicting a woman from the barrio on a less than ideal setting and horse. The photograph La Municipal – El Morro features the Spanish fort of El Morro in San Juan digitally intervened to seamlessly mirror the storefront of a Puerto Rican convenience store in Chicago.
Josué Pellot was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, and resides in Chicago. He received his BFA from the University of Illinois, at Chicago, and his MFA from Northwestern University, Evanston Illinois. He works in various mediums such as painting, screen-printing, video and sculpture. In 2007 Pellot completed a residency with the Fundament Foundation in Tilburg, NL. In 2010 he is scheduled for a solo exhibition in New Castle, England and his first museum solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Caguas, Puerto Rico.
The exhibition is currently on view at the Chicago Cultural Center until December 27th 2009.
Images provided by the artist
- Josué Pellot: Colonialism and the Politics of Cultural Consumption
- Michael Smith & Mike Kelley at Sculpture Center