Jaime Carrejo: New Paintings: Plant Life
09/04/2020 - 09/26/2020
Opening Reception: First Friday, September 4, 2020, 6 - 10 PM
Jaime Carrejo (B. 1977, El Paso, Texas) is a multi-discipline artist and his projects involve painting, sculpture, video, and immersive installations that use layered materials such as rusting oxidation paint, colorful vinyl, and synthetic polymer. Carrejo considers the layering of materials and imagery pivotal in exploring the collision of multi-hybrid identities and alterity that form complicated relationships.
He received his B.F.A from the University of Texas El Paso in 2001 and M.F.A. from the University of South Florida in 2007. His work is featured in periodicals, such as The New York Times, Art Forum, and Hyperallergic. Selected exhibitions include Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO (2017), Identity, University of the Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (2014), Art & Poetics, Mahmoud Darwish Museum, Ramallah, Palestine (2014), First Draft Biennial of the Americas, Denver, CO (2013), and Diptych America: Private Spaces/Public Places, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China (2013). He also held a residency at Redline Denver from 2011-2013. His work is collected by the El Paso Museum of Art and In 2019, he was a recipient of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver’s ‘Octopus Initiative.’
María Staffeld (b. 1997, Dominican Republic) is a multidisciplinary Dominican artist whose work involves the exploration of identity; she executes her concepts with the use of symbolism and color theory. The artist’s work is based on personal studies on how color and form interactions have positive effects on the psyche. Maria's main goal as an artist is to emphasize the importance of individuality, as well as encouraging the viewer to find beauty in the odd.