Victor Castillo: Born in '73 | Tara McPherson: The Difference Between Here and There
KP Projects // MKG Presents
Victor Castillo, "Born in '73" & Tara McPherson "The Difference Between Here and There"
Saturday, March 5th, 7 -10 PM
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KP Projects | MKG presents Victor Castillo's fourth landmark exhibition in Los Angeles. The title Born in '73 is a self-reflective reference to the artist's generation as well as to a historic coincidence. "I was born in an experiment," Castillo says about the military dictatorship that was established in Chile in 1973 following the neoliberal model of Chicago school economists. The feelings of fear and impotence provoked by a brutal political and social system are humorously evoked in Castillo's painting of the same title, Born in '73, of being stomped underfoot.
Calling to mind the coup d'état in his country and then other countries in Latin America and the world, Castillo suggests that global takeovers of power continue.
The exhibition features eight new paintings on canvas and ten on paper, including one of Castillo's biggest and brightest canvases to date, The Big Dream, about the illusion of money, painted in a vibrant loose and gestural style adapted from his murals. Castillo likes to tell stories in his paintings, and he continues to appropriate the narrative logic of children's tales and vintage aesthetics to present us with allegories about human nature.