Raul Guerrero at Cirrus Gallery
These are images from Raul Guerrero's solo exhibition at Cirrus Gallery in 1974 on Manhattan Place. The exhibition featured "sculptural objects such as [an] inverted pyramid made from plywood and orange scrim, large photographs, kaleidoscopes, [and] whistling bird bones. The objects are very powerful and move one far beyond their physical presence." – from a description of works for Arts Magazine.
As you can see, the kaleidoscopes mentioned in the exhibition are also what inspired the print Guerrero did for Cirrus Editions that same year. A crystallization of colors an lines dizzy our eyes as they catch the various and alternating patterns that make up the image.
Guerrero's exhibition, Fata Morgana, is currently up at David Kordansky Gallery through August 28, 2021.
Raul Guerrero (b. 1945) grew up in National City, California. Located twelve miles north of Tijuana, Mexico, he was informed by an early experience of cultural and ethnic plurality. Ranging from Mexican indigenous crafts to tourist kitsch to the emerging local sub-cultures of Southern California, Guerrero’s identification with diverse forms of expression continue to inform his artistic production.
After his first solo exhibition at Cirrus Gallery (1974), Guerrero continued to actively exhibit in Los Angeles throughout the 1970s and 1980s. These exhibitions—which included solo shows at Thomas Lewallen, Claire Copley and Richard Kuhlenschmidt—continued to explore words and images as cultural signifiers. Increasingly his work incorporated painterly practices, most often as series-based explorations of diverse ethnographic and historical mythologies.
Raul Guerrero has had solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Art Institute (1976), the Long Beach Museum of Art (1977) and the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library (2007 & 2013). His 1985 Oaxaca paintings were the subject of an exhibition guest curated by Allan Ruppersberg at the CUE Art Foundation, New York in 2010. His 1989 retrospective exhibition was presented at at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. Guerrero has been the recipient of an NEA Photography Fellowship (1979) and the San Diego Art Prize (2006). He lives and works in San Diego, California.