Guillermo Trejo is a Mexican artist based in Ottawa. He completed his BFA at the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Etching in Mexico City, and earned an MFA from the University of Ottawa. In 2014, he participated in the Quebec City Triennial and was shortlisted for the Ottawa RBC Emerging Artist Prize.
He has been an Artist-in-Residence at Creative Fusion (Cleveland, OH), and the Symposium of Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint-Paul (QC). In 2014, Guillermo also received the Young Artist FONCA grant for Mexican Artists and a production grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. Guillermo Trejo has worked as a research consultant for the National Gallery of Canada. He teaches at the Ottawa School of Art (OSA) and directs OSA Editions, a project that invites local artists to create limited editions prints at the OSA print studio.
SERIES: IT'S ABOUT PLANTS, MODERNISM AND OTHER THINGS
"It is about Plants, Modernism and Other Things" experiments with the abstraction of language in its emergence as a graphic form. The installation presents language in development – we enter into a world that is by all appearances incomplete, but which has an unknown, self-sustaining structure. In every unknown shape, a word is remade, a world is re-imagined.
Such a world includes human-made objects, symbols, but takes a radical position where meaning does not depend on an anthropocentric worldview. True to Guillermo Trejo’s politically-informed practice, the exhibition suggests the precarious relationship between oppression and dissidence, in language and the pursuit of an ideal.