This past August 9th as part of its monthly activities Trailer Park Proyects opened two new individual exhibitions: “Conglomeraciones Cínicas” by Ivan Girona and “Messengers” by Maja Ruznic. Both exhibitions were presented in individual trailers so as to provide each artist an individual and separate space.
“Conglomeraciones Cínicas” was composed of twenty mixed media works on mylar paper. These works, in keeping with Girona’s characteristic Pop style accompanied by its usual nudity and surreal compositions, were comprised of collages and small paintings which quoted aspects of both Literature and Art History, thereby creating a fictional world within an organic ambiance and making visible Girona’s faithfulness to a Pop style. These collage paintings are made from fashion magazine cut outs, mostly naked women and advertising products, over an acrylic background of organic shapes in bright colors. This recent body of work portrays the explicit sexual content broadly visible to the public through mass media marketing, which evidences the need to compromise human sensuality in a public manner to persuade audiences to consumption. However, these recent paintings are excessively more elaborate than his previous mixed media paintings on plexiglas, which are more balanced in composition and style.
On the other hand, the Bosnian-born artist based in San Francisco Maja Ruznic presented “Messengers”. Ruznic is one of the few foreign artists that has had the opportunity of presenting their works on the island through Trailer Park Proyects. She earned an MFA from California College of the Arts and was featured on the cover of the New American Paintings magazine (Issue #97). “Messengers” involves a series of ten small-scale watercolor paintings on paper, which represent records of memories of people and events in the artist’s life. In this way, she illustrates that in the act of painting memory distorts the truth and the truth gives rise to something else. In these images, Ruznic provides expressions of these memories through portraits and everyday life scenes that both represent different people or emotions. At the end these paintings, despite their small size, possess a great deal of expressive qualities, where the colors and their way of appearing to the spectator also suggest different emotions.
ABOUT TRAILER PARK PROYECTS
Trailer Park Projects is an alternative exhibition space founded by Alexis Figueroa in 2011 and based in the Blondet neighborhood of Rio Piedras. This alternative space exhibits young local and international artists and functions as a moving gallery in conjunction with the exhibition calendar of other cultural spaces. It promotes an active environment for young artistic expression having as one of its main objectives the creation of new and future art collectors. Trailer Park Proyects also has an International Residency Program in which it hosts an international artist for two weeks or a month to produce a body of work for a solo show.
Besides its monthly activities, Trailer Park Proyects produces a monthly silkscreen, therefore maintaining the graphic tradition in Puerto Rico through contemporary art. Through a collaboration with master printers and artists Omar Velázquez and Rafael Miranda, each month a different artist produces an original design to be reproduced into fifty signed and numbered limited edition silkscreen prints.
TPP is located on #65 Balseiro Street in Rio Piedras. For more information on Trailer Park Proyects, appointments or to view the monthly calendar, visit www.trailerparkproyects.com or Facebook: Trailer Park Proyects.
Bianca Ortiz Declet