All About Photo Awards 2019

Galería CURRO presented Mexican photographer Mauricio Alejo at ZⓈONAMACO FOTO

Galería CURRO presented Mexican photographer Mauricio Alejo at ZⓈONAMACO FOTO
Galería CURRO presented Mexican photographer Mauricio Alejo at ZⓈONAMACO FOTO
Galería CURRO presented Mexican photographer Mauricio Alejo at ZⓈONAMACO FOTO

The presented in August 2018 his exciting series of self-conscious photographic images highlighting the process and labor of their own production. Fascinated by the subtle truthfulness that can be obtained within a highly artificial and controlled environment, the artist focused his practice on studio photography. He particularly likes playing with very established ways of photographic representation disregarding the context they should belong to.

My work has been concerned with the tension between reality and photographic representation. The focus has swung between the two, sometimes being more committed to reality, the external object, and other times paying attention to the specificity of photographic representation. Although it is most satisfying when the work hits it right in the middle, the work is drawn from the entire range of the swing. In recent years I've been considering the nature of photographic images, and in that sense, this work relates to the very basis of photography as a medium.

Mauricio Alejo - Toothpick

© Mauricio Alejo - Toothpick, 2017, Archival inkjet print from scanned 4x5 inch. negative, 47.2 x 59 in (120 x 150 cm), Ed.5+AP

I work in studio photography because I find fascinating that a subtle kind of truthfulness is possible within a highly artificial and controlled environment. Lately, I've been doing self-conscious photographic images that make evident the process and labor of their own production. I use an analog large format camera, utilizing both in-camera (masks and double exposures) and on-set editing (cut paper interventions). There are historical reasons that make the studio the perfect place for my endeavor. The word "studio" finds its genealogy in 19th century positivism, where the locus of knowledge irrevocably shifted from the metaphysical to methodical empiric observation. Right at its beginning photography became a tool of objective knowledge, as well as a means of aesthetic production. The barrier that separated those tasks has been kept porous ever since. Today, we live with the complexity of photographic knowledge. What kind of truth does a photograph convey? What is the status of photographic representation?

It is very important to make clear that these finished images concentrate on the process, and are distinct from experiments or trials. The works play with established notions of photographic representation, disregarding the context they should belong to. I'm taking advantage of the use of conflicting contemporary visual languages- art, editorial, commercial- to produce possible variations of mental awareness. This series deflects narrative, minimizes meaning, champions accident and improvisation, while putting forth a place of heightened observation.

Mauricio Alejo - Sponges

© Mauricio Alejo - Sponges, 2017, Archival inkjet print from scanned 4x5 inch. negative, 31.5 x 47.2 in (80 x 120 cm), Ed.5+AP

Mauricio Alejo - Little Green Basket

© Mauricio Alejo - Little Green Basket, 2017, Archival inkjet print from scanned 4x5 inch. negative, 43 x 55 in (110 x 140 cm), Ed.5+AP

Mauricio Alejo - Small Cube With Paint

© Mauricio Alejo - Small Cube With Paint, 2017, Archival inkjet print from scanned 4x5 inch. negative, 17.3 x 21.6 in (44 x 55 cm), Ed.5+AP

Mauricio Alejo - Cloth

© Mauricio Alejo - Cloth, 2017, Archival inkjet print from scanned 4x5 inch. negative, 34.6 x 43.3 in (88 x 110 cm), Ed.5+AP

Mauricio Alejo - Pink Sponge

© Mauricio Alejo - Pink Sponge, 2017, Archival inkjet print from scanned 4x5 inch. negative, 18.9 x 23.6 in (48 x 60 cm), Ed.5+AP

Mauricio Alejo - Containing

© Mauricio Alejo - Containing, 2017, Archival inkjet print from scanned 4x5 inch. negative, 55 x 71 in (140 x 180 cm), Ed.5+AP

Mauricio Alejo - Red, Green and Blue Sculpture

© Mauricio Alejo - Red, Green and Blue Sculpture, 2016, Archival inkjet print from scanned 4x5 inch. negative (diptych), 25.6 x 20.5 in - E/O (65 x 52 cm - E/O), Ed.5+AP

Mauricio Alejo - Tape

© Mauricio Alejo - Tape, 2012, Archival inkjet print from scanned 4x5 inch. negative, 43 x 55 in (110 x 140 cm), Ed.5+AP

Mauricio Alejo - Hall

© Mauricio Alejo - Hall, 2012, Archival inkjet print from scanned 4x5 inch. negative, 43.3 x 55 in (110 x 140 cm), Ed.5+AP

Mauricio Alejo - Dinner table

© Mauricio Alejo - Dinner table, 2012, Archival inkjet print from scanned 4x5 inch. negative, 43 x 55 in (110 x 140 cm), Ed.5+AP

Mauricio Alejo - Green Jelly

© Mauricio Alejo - Green Jelly, 2014, Archival inkjet print from scanned 4x5 inch. negative, 43 x 55 in (110 x 140 cm), Ed.5+AP


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