Curiot "Unknown Elements" @ Thinkspace Gallery, Culver CityJuxtapoz // Saturday, 14 Dec 2013
We showed you yesterday the work of NOSEGO, who is the other part of "Unknown Elements" with Mexico City's Curiot. We have loved what we have seen with Curiot's work in the past, and with this show opening tonight (Saturday, December 14) at Thinkspace, we think this is a great combo you should go check out.
Curiot’s works are similarly preoccupied with the expression of hybrid worlds. The artist draws his inspiration in part from traditional Mexican folklore to explore the contemporary re-expression of myth and symbolism. Based in Mexico city, Favio Martinez, alias Curiot, is inspired by the coexisting facets of urban contemporaneity and traditional Mexican culture, cultivating work that incorporates an appreciation of their intersecting cultural realities. The artist appropriates mythological narrative, and the totemic function of ancient and tribal art, to personalize the visual power of their archetypes. Curiot’s works are highly detailed, symbolist, and look to traditional ritual and even textile. The imagery is compellingly dystopian at times, suggesting some larger cultural conflict or irresolution at the heart of the work. With the inclusion of geometric patterns, beautifully vibrant colors and textures, tribal motifs, and folkloric imagery, Curiot creates highly detailed and saturated works that seek to engage the significance of cultural legacy from the vantage point of a contemporary psyche.