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Txutxo Perez is artist-in-residence at the de Young

By From page B16 | October 27, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO — The de Young Museum hosts “Txutxo Perez: Revolution U,” to Nov. 28, as part of the artist-in-residence program in the Kimball Education Gallery.

“Revolution U” commemorates 100 years since the Mexican Revolution. The residency is in conjunction with the popular yearlong series Mission Muralsimo that celebrates the book “Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo” (Abrams, 2009).

Perez turns the Kimball Gallery into an “on the run” office of propaganda with a basic set-up for printmaking.

His audacious work is sacred and edgy, influenced by traditional Mexican graphic forms but evolved to an evocative, sensuous, playful world of dancers, masked wrestlers and new and old deities. He demonstrates different printing techniques in the artist studio during the month of November.

Perez encourages visitors to explore their roots, share their personal experiences, cultural heritage, aesthetics, gender and become both the promoter and the witness of their own personal revolution.

His work is based on the popular culture of Asia, Latin America and the U.S. Perez explains, “I overlap or collage cultural concepts using printmaking techniques, mostly silkscreen; the result is this rich and colorful mix of politics, eroticism, and gender.”

The artist studio is presented by Cultural Encounters at the de Young. The Kimball Education Gallery is free to the public and open to visitors Wednesday through Sunday from 1–5 p.m. and Fridays from 6–8:45 p.m.

Artists are available to provide assistance and instruction during gallery hours. The opening reception is on Friday, Nov. 5, from 6–8:45 p.m.. For more information, e-mail [email protected] or call (415) 750-3528.

Perez was born in Mexico City and received a master of fine arts from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. He was involved in groups that work with union workers, students and peasants during strikes, rallies and educational projects, using art as a tool for the struggle.

In the 1980s, he joined with the punk movement in Mexico City to form bands and create magazines, recordings, videos and movies. In the mid 1990s, Perez moved to San Francisco where he currently resides.

He works with Hospitality House in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, the only free of cost art studio in San Francisco serving homeless and low-income artists. Perez’s work has been shown in numerous group and solo shows in Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua, Japan, France, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Canada and the U.S.

The de Young’s Artist Studio is a residency program for emerging artists and community-based arts groups that allows visitors a chance to explore a working studio environment. Every month, the de Young invites artists to install and demonstrate their art form at the museum.

This interactive program enables visitors to meet artists and gives the artist an opportunity to work with the public. The artist studio program is supported by the Fleishhacker Foundation.

The Artist Studio program is a part of FAMSF’s Cultural Encounters initiative designed to attract new and diverse audiences to the Museums. Cultural Encounters is generously funded by the James Irvine Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, The Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Columbia Foundation and the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation.

The de Young, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive in San Francisco, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and located in Golden Gate Park is the fifth most visited art museum in the nation. It showcases American art from the 17th through the 21st centuries, international contemporary art, textiles, and costumes, and art from the Americas, the Pacific and Africa.

Mimi Escabar

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