el celso

About

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I am a conceptual artist and interventionist currently working in Los Angeles and New York. My projects have included “Art Burn,” an art immolation, in Miami, timed to the city’s December art fairs (2009); “Art Shred” a companion piece held at the Edward Winkleman Gallery in Chelsea, in which works by over two-dozen artists were destroyed (2010); and “Post No Bills,” a pop-up gallery at a New York construction site, a piece that was covered in the New York Times (2008).

 

 

My most recent intervention, “La Luz” (“The Light”), from 2012, consisted of a series of architectural installations inside the Qorikancha and the Museum of Santo Domingo, the former Inca temple in Cusco, Peru. In pre-Columbian times, the temple was sheathed in gold plates and its chambers filled with masterpieces of Inca metal work, pieces that were all destroyed by the Spanish. My installation paid tribute to the past glories of this important site via the installation of hundreds of bottles of Peruvian soda (more than 600kg worth). The most popular local soft drinks in Peru are a brilliant yellow color and I used these, in combination with ambient light, to recreate the golden light that shone inside the temple. On the last day of the exhibition, the public was invited to take sections of the work home with them so that no traces of it would remain. The work was disassembled and distributed to the people of Cuzco in less than an hour.

 

 

My work has been shown in galleries in New York, L.A. and Miami and some of my pieces have received coverage in outlets such as Time.com, ArtNews, the New York Times, the Miami Herald and the Art Newspaper.

 

PRESS:

 

Time describes the artist as "creative," "realistic," and "underestimated" in a recent creativity story. The Art Newspaper described his 2009 show, “Art Burn,” an International contemporary art expo & immolation, as a “bonfire of the art vanities” and the Miami Herald declared it “a funky Basel sideshow.” The New York Times described his previous exhibition, “Post No Bills,” a street art gallery installation in Long Island City as “audacious.” The Brooklyn Rail describes El Celso as “a street artist with a taste for experimentation, a knack for making things happen and a predilection for drawing colorful naked women.” His figurative drawings, paintings and original works on Plexiglas were also the subject of a documentary series, “The Streets of New York,” which was broadcast on NHK in Japan in 2008. His work is also featured in numerous publications, street art books and media web sites.

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

 

Woodward Gallery, New York – September 2015

Moca, Los Angeles – September 2013

Woodward Gallery, New York – January 2013

Museo Convento de Santo Domingo Qorikancha, Cusco, Peru – August 2012

Museum of Sex, New York – February 2012

Woodward Gallery, New York – January 2012

Pandemic Gallery, Brooklyn, New York (solo) – March 2011

Art of Basketball, Miami, Florida – December 2010

Woodward Gallery, New York – May 2010

Barneys, New York – May 2010

Winkleman Gallery, New York – March 2010

Follin Gallery, New York (solo) – January 2010

Art Burn, Miami, Florida (artist/curator) - December 2009

Brooklynite Gallery, Brooklyn, New York – November 2009

AK-57 Gallery, New York (artist/curator) - September 2009

Gawker Artists, New York – August 2009

Artbreak Gallery, Brooklyn, New York – May 2009

Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles – January 2009

Factory Fresh, Brooklyn, New York (artist/curator) - November 2008

Gallerie Pulaski, Queens, New York (artist/curator) - July 2008

Lumenhouse, Brooklyn, New York – June 2008

Woodward Gallery, New York – May 2008

chashama ABC Gallery, New York (artist/curator) - April 2008

Ad Hoc Art, Brooklyn, New York – April 2008

ABC No Rio, New York – March 2008

Ad Nauseum, Harlem, New York – January 2008

SCOPE, New York – February 2007

Kingsborough Art Gallery, Brooklyn, New York (artist/curator) - June 2007

Pure Project, New York (artist/curator) - March 2007

11 Spring Street, New York – December 2006

Artists Space, New York – November 2006

Flux Factory, Queens, New York – October 2006

Bebe Benoliel Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – December 2005

80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York – February 2004

MoMA, New York – April 2002

 

PUBLICATIONS: How to Crowdfund Your Creative Project, Time.com (NY: 10/22/12); Las Calles Como Tela Para Pintar, CNN (NY: 07/27/12); Kola Stands in for Gold at Peruvian Temple, The Art Newspaper (LONDON: July/August 2012); Hoop Scoop, ARTnews (NY: February 2011); The Art of Destruction, ARTnews (NY: May 2010); Bonfire of the Art Vanities, The Art Newspaper (LONDON: 12/04/09); Precious Works Go Up in Flames for Art’s Sake, Miami Herald (FL: 12/03/09); Peep-o-rama, Time Out NY, (NY: 09/08/09); Construction Zone: Beware of Audacious Art, The New York Times (NY: 07/02/08); The Very Public Life of Street Art, The Brooklyn Rail (NY: May 2008); Street Art in Alphabet City, Village Voice (NY: April 2008); A Maze at Factory Fresh, ArtCat Zine (NY: November 2008); A Maze Slideshow, Village Voice (NY: November 2008); The Vandalism Vandal, New York Magazine (NY: 06/04/07); Don’t Hate, Collaborate!, Peel Magazine (NY: 06/1/07); The Street Art Show, Juxtapoz.com (NY: 06/05/07); The Alien Invader, Village Voice (NY: 03/13/07); Last Hurrah for Street Art, as Canvas Goes Condo, The New York Times (NY: 12/14/06); Small, but fierce, art, Metro (NY: 11/10/04); Lies, New York Press (NY: 10/27/04); Mano a Mano, Hoy (NY: 4/2/04); Soho’s Bold & Beautiful, Daily News (NY: 4/1/04); Adbusters Quarterly: Summer 1995, Vol. 3, No. 4.

 

BOOKS: Graffiti 365, Jay Edlin (2011); Stickers: From Punk Rock to Contemporary Art, DB Burkeman/Monica LoCascio (2010); Untitled. I &II. Street Art New York, Jaime Rojo/Steven P. Harrington (2010); Street Art Counter Culture, Gary Shove (2009); Going Postal, Martha Cooper (2009); Street Art Cookbook, Benke Carlsson/Hop Louie (2009); This Means Nothing, Le Bijoutier (2008); Brooklyn Street Art, Jaime Rojo/Steven P. Harrington (2007); NYC BCN Street Art Revolution, Louis Bou (2006)

 

FABRICATIONS: September 2010, Aurora Robson, Brooklyn, New York; October 2004 Jenny Holzer & Lady Pink, Munich, Germany; August 2004 Jenny Holzer & Lancome, Paris, France; May 2004 El Museo del Barrio, New York

 

RESIDENCIES/EDUCATION: Artist-in-residence, chashama 57th St. Studios, 2009; chashama 40 Worth St. Studios, 2005; Art Students League of New York, Anatomy, 2001

 

E-MAIL ME: celso [at] elcelso.com

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