Acrylic and oil on paper. In Enrique Chagoya, as an year-old student in Mexico City, participated in a student demonstration against the repressive regime and barely escaped a massacre by the police which, like the mass murder ofkilled hundreds of students. This was near the site where human sacrifices were performed by the Aztec priests before the Spanish conquest.
Gift of Gallery Paule Anglim, The title page of the codex features an upside-down portrait of Christopher Columbus being devoured whole by a fanged cannibal. Chagoya seeks retribution for the deeds of the explorer.
Columbus ordered his men to cut off the hands of native Caribs if they did not deliver enough gold to the explorer. They subsequently bled to death. Throughout the images in the codex, Chagoya questions who the actual barbarians are. On each panel, Chagoya cannibalizes the imagery, much of it religious or multicultural in nature and critical of church and state.
Saint Veronica, who at Calvary wiped the face of Jesus Christ and her towel held his imprint, holds up the relic that bears a stereotyped black face grinning from ear to ear. Chagoya suggests that nothing is sacred or above criticism in this complicated and hypocritical world filled with racism, pornography, and religious zealotry, among other numerous issues.
Border issues and immigration assume central roles in this codex on a global scale.
Indigenous men climb over a mountain carrying Western couple on chairs strapped to their backs. The text reads, "My country is your country. Your country is yours too," indicating the one-way street between the dominant and the subservient peoples. An armored knight swordfights with a non-Western warrior whose only protection is a shield, while one of Columbus's men holds a freshly severed hand of a Caribbean Indian.
Chagoya illustrates the inevitable power struggles when opposing cultures from all over the world meet and clash. Presidents sincebeginning with Harry S. Graham advised and became a very close friend of President Richard M.
The two made amends after Nixon's resignation and Graham spoke at Nixon's funeral. Guston's depiction of Bible-toting Nixon climbing the precarious-looking holy mountain suggests a shaky foundation to his faith.
The theatrical curtain suggests that Nixon used Christianity for show. Chagoya presents President George W. Bush in the same setting, seeking The Reverend at the rocky mountain.
Bush has openly recalled a life-changing summer weekend inwhen Graham-a houseguest at the Bush vacation home in Kennebunkport-met with Bush and helped him change his path. Bush credits his time with the "messenger" as inspiration to quit drinking alcohol and to pursue a more spiritual approach to life.
However, the little black girl perched on his arm is a racial stereotype with wide eyes, full lips, and braided hair. Guston suggests the insincerity of Nixon's interests as he simply seeks the black vote.
A smiling George W. Bush doesn't pose for the camera with a black baby, but with Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State at the time, but now National Security Advisor.Salvador Dalí: "As a little boy at school, I stole an old slipper belonging to the teacher, and used it as a hat in the games.
Enrique Chagoya, "Thesis/ Antithesis," ; Charcoal and pastel on paper, (Enrique Chagoya photo), Feb. May A large drawing from titled Thesis/Antithesis reveals how deeply embedded such dialectical formulations are in Chagoya's practice.
Typical of the earliest works included in the show in medium and style, this oversize drawing is rendered in black charcoal and red pastel on an eighty-inch-square piece of white paper.
/ | enrique chagoya | thesis/antithesis; - | war time [bring your own shoes] / | the great war | shoes under the sun; | jay defeo | untitled; | david evins for grace .
The Hegelian Dialectic: Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis Mili Note: For those who might be late comers, here’s a quick overview of how the Hegelian Dialectic works so you can spot it in use, every day, everywhere around us. / | enrique chagoya | thesis/antithesis; - | war time [bring your own shoes] / | the great war | shoes under the sun; | jay defeo | untitled; | david evins for grace . Mar 04, · Taking his cue from Hegel, Chagoya named it Thesis/Antithesis (). In his Artist’s Statement, he writes that his art is “a product of collisions between historical visions, ancient and modern, marginal and dominant paradigms—a thesis and antithesis—in mind of the viewer.
The Hegelian Dialectic: Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis Mili Note: For those who might be late comers, here’s a quick overview of how the Hegelian Dialectic works so you can spot it in use, every day, everywhere around us.
Enrique Chagoya: Borderlandia. Thesis / Antithesis, Tesis / antítesis Charcoal and pastel on paper Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Gift of Viacom and Bravo, the Film and Arts Network, a-b A red and black palette dominates much of Chagoya's work.
In Aztec culture, the color combination symbolizes duality and the.