Le Salon d’Art presents “Everyday Walkman” a solo show featuring artist Chris Mendoza. Opening party: August 14, 2014 – 7-10pm. Exhibit to run August 11 to September 8, 2014 @ Le Salon d’Art.
Chris Mendoza is a New York City based artist from Nicaragua whose work draws from the experiences of his native country and the influences of New York City and his travels.
Mendoza’s style bridges the modern, primitive, and organic. He draws strongly on the nature and folklore of his homeland, while interpreting the density and chaos of daily urban life, energy and time.
In the 1980’s his family moved to the Bronx, where Mendoza began to develop a style that combining architectural draftsmanship he learned from his father with the new inspirations of letters, faces, and forms that then covered the subways of New York City. At a young age, he learned drafting and about architecture from his father. This inspiration brought Mendoza to the study of Mayan, Central and Native American Cultures, hieroglyphs, petroglyphs, calligraphies, and alphabets from both ancient and modern cultures, which also inform his work. With great dedication he continued his study of world alphabets, color, light energy and movement, working in a range of styles that culminate all the influences of his early development.
His paintings are grounded with descriptive line work that creates a sense of movement and energy. A visual manifestation of the sonic combinations found in early Hip-Hop mix tapes and performances emanate from his surfaces. Interchangeability between the sense of visual and audio is an artistic subject that has been pursued universally and historically, and Mendoza’s practice can also be positioned in that context. It is something that goes beyond an ordinary world that an individual perceives through the five senses, instead, it enables an individual to access the supernatural / mythological world through so-called collective unconsciousness. Science-fictional elements that can often be seen in Mendoza’s works function as motives to emerge such a mythological world from the mixture of ancient culture and urban life experience that are his resources of inspiration.
My paintings are grounded with non-narrative descriptive and/or iconographic line work that creates a sense of movement, energy and abstract stories. Much of my symbolic information is a visual manifestation of the sonic combinations found in early Hip-Hop mix tapes, the noise of the city, its broken symphony and musical performances I attend.
Music plays a vital role in my creative process. To me, drawing is a blue print for all things to be able to exist. This is the way I have a dialogue with myself; a way to write down plans and ideas that come to me in the daily act of living. By drawing, visualizing and composing abstract concepts in my mind, and on paper I am reminded of my daily habits, a common thread of the human condition. Time Changes and Every Second Becomes An Indelible Light Mechanism.
Mendoza has been in exhibitions at Museo de Arte, San Juan; Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico; Cindy Rucker Gallery ; Fuse Gallery; Gallery Lombardi,Texas ; Stolen Space Gallery,London ; White Box Gallery, New York; Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem; Museum of SanDiego; Transport Gallery, Los Angeles; Tibet House US ; Joshualiner Gallery; Irvine Contemporary Gallery; Dyezu-Exp Gallery; Tokyo; Calm &Punk Gallery; Shooting Gallery , San Francisco ; Kyoto Zokei University; His work has been featured in Floor Magazine Japan, Juxtapoz Magazine; Warp Magazine; V Magazine, Relax, World Literature Today; The Daily News ; The Miami Herald.Penguin Group,The Phillips Collection, DC.Beams, Cultural,Tokyo.
He has been commissioned by Nissan, Escada us, Express, Scion, Soho House ; SONY ;Google, Overthinking ,Tribeca , Luxottica Ray-Ban, Timberland, Crispin, Porter + Bogusky, Beams Tokyo, SSTV Network, Altoids, NextidEvolution, Truth & Soul Records, NBC Universal.
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