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Daniel Guzmán

Guest Lecture

February 24, 2020, 6 p.m.
VAF 306 Performance Space, Visual Arts Facility, UC San Diego

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Photo of Daniel Guzmán in front of a large paintingVoracious reader and incurable music lover, Daniel Guzmán digests, absorbs and recombines musical and literary references at his own discretion: his work is marked by an almost autobiographical sincerity. Comics and cartoons, song lyrics, Pre-Hispanic iconography and sensational press clippings – residues of the artist’s daily life in Mexico City, and more recently, in Guadalajara – combine and reconfigure as part of his vocabulary. Resulting from a constant, disciplined search: his drawings are guided by his hand’s intuition, translating his references and imagination onto paper. Ink, pencil, acrylic or pastel alike serve to create images that seem to be in constant transformation, sometimes interlaced with texts in a complex weave of connections and connotations. His sculptures, videos and installations are a reflection of a personal and intimate territory that emerges from such close examination of the culture and urban landscapes that surround him. With a strategic and contagious sense of humor, Guzmán shares the wide range of influences he has cultivated and through which he reflects upon his experience of the world.

Guzmán achieved his BFA in 1993 from the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas in Mexico City. In 2000, he was a resident at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York. The artist has been the recipient of various grants and awards from the Mexican Ministry of Culture, such as Sistema Nacional de Creadores (2005); FONCA: Jóvenes Creadores (1997); and 1st Place from the II Concurso de Instalación Ex Teresa Arte Actual (1996).

Recent major solo exhibitions include: Soup, Cosmos & Tears, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City (2016) and Museo de la Ciudad de Querétaro, Mexico (2017); Daniel Guzmán: Chromosome Damage, Drawing Room, London (2015); Daniel Guzmán: Materia Oscura, MAZ- Museo de Arte de Zapopan and MACO Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Mexico (2011); Double Album: Daniel Guzmán and Steven Shearer, New Museum, New York and Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte (MUCA), Mexico City (2008).

His work has also been included in numerous international group exhibitions, including: Saber Acomodar, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, United States (2017); Between Words and Silence: Meaning, Understanding, and the Work of Translation, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, United States (2017); Strange Currencies: Art & Action in Mexico city 1990-2000, The Galleries at Moore, Philadelphia, United States (2015); El hombre al desnudo, Museo Nacional de Arte MUNAL, Guadalajara, Mexico (2014); Mexico Inside Out: Themes in Art Since 1990, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, United States (2013); Arqueológica, Matadero Madrid Contemporary Art Center (2013); Diference on Display, Niet Normaal Foundation, Amsterdam and MUPO-Museo de los Pintores Oaxaqueños, Oaxaca, Mexico (2011); El horizonte del topo | The Mole's Horizon, BOZAR - Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (2010); Where Do We Go From Here? The Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, United States (2009); Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967, MCA - The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, United States (2007); Playback. Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (2007), among others.

Guzmán has participated in the following festivals and biennials: 55th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, United States (2009); 5th Berlin Biennial (2008); 35th International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2006); 9 Istanbul Bienali, Turkey (2005); 50th Venice Biennial (2003); 4th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2002).

Daniel Guzmán lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico.


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