VESTIGES OF OUR TIMES
By ALFREDO ROMERO
Opening Saturday, May 4, 2019 | Reception 5:00-8:00 PM | On view through May 29, 2019
Los Angeles, CA – April 6, 2019 – Simard Bilodeau Contemporary is pleased to present Vestiges of Our Times, a solo exhibition by Alfredo Romero. This collection is the culmination of many years of experimental techniques, and an observance of Mexico, a country in flux.
Alfredo Romero has experimented greatly in technique and process over the years. Currently, he is focused on expressing the ideals of restoration, conservation and transcendence. Romero accomplishes this through a process called “strappo” which is used by anthropologists and conservators to detach paintings and murals from walls. Romero applies this technique to decrepit and deteriorating facades of urban buildings throughout Mexico, “Trapping it, appropriating it, and endowing it with transcendence and perpetuity.”
This collection of work is called Vestiges of Our Times. According to the artist,
My proposal goes beyond recovering these icons of anonymous lettering that are part of the identity and memory of communities in 60s thru to the 80s using a pop of character to intervene and convert them into a work of art.” The collection, Vestigios de Nuestros Tiempos is a proposal for restoration and conservation. It´s aesthetic emerges from the convergence of the modern and the old, resisting a categorization within a genre, and inviting the observer to return to a not so distant past.
Alfredo Romero was born in 1974 in Barcelona, Spain. He is now based in Mexico. Romero studied Fine Art, Interior Architecture, Art History, and Graphic Design at the School of Arts Applications as well as the offices of Rubi, Barcelona and The School of Design EDRA, Barcelona. Alongside his art practice, Romero has taught Interior Design, Window Dressing, and Visual Art. He served as the Deputy Director of the Institute of Culture of the State of Veracruz, Mexico.
Romero has received many awards and has exhibited internationally at: Art Festival in Michigan (USA) 2015, finalist at the Biennial of XI Joaquín Clausell in Campeche (Mexico) 2015; the Second Veracruz Art Biennial 2014 with the object-art "Empirical representation of an existing fact" 2014; IKUS International Art Festival Mexico 2014-15; solo exhibition “Vestiges of our Times” La Sala Art Gallery, Noche Blanca, Merida, Yucatan 2018; Solo Exhibition at Peon Cotreras Museum, Merida Yucatan (Mexico) 2018; Solo Exhibition at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Houston Texas 2018; and The Los Angeles Art Show 2019. He has many prominent placements in private and corporate collections such as: The Invex Bank Private Collection, The Coca Cola Private Collection (Bepensa) and The Museum of the City of Merida, Mexico.
Simard Bilodeau Contemporary is a fine art gallery based in Los Angeles and Shanghai, showing contemporary painting, sculpture, and photomontage from international emerging to established artists. Since 2011, the gallery has participated in prominent art fairs, including: Art Beijing, Shanghai Art Fair, Aqua Art Miami, Los Angeles Art Show and others in Hong Kong, Macao, Palm Springs and Toronto.