SEAN PAUL GALLEGOS
Sean Paul Gallegos engages in a cyclical dance with living in New Mexico. Though just a wink of time was spent in Northern New Mexico in his early childhood, his ancestry spans several generations. He’s now entering his 6th non-consecutive year of residing in Albuquerque. The rest of his life has been split between Metro-Detroit and the Bronx, NYC. He spent over 15 years in the Bronx honing his craft and building an art career. His work was published in the New York Times, Artforum.com Critic Picks and the latest interview with the American Federation of Arts exhibition, Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture’s blog. Sean Paul’s exhibition highlights include Aqua Art Fair Miami, AIM 33: Artist in the Marketplace at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and La Bienal at El Museo del Barrio in Harlem, NYC. Sean Paul's work was recently acquired by The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History for their permanent collection and to be displayed in the upcoming exhibition "American Jewelry of New Mexico" opening June 2018.
"Sanctifying the discarded through transformation is the way I verbalize my practice. Discarded consumer goods illustrate the amount of waste we create everyday. The hunter gatherer style of acquiring materials, mainly from my neighborhood, lets the work be organic. Exploring the ideas of what society worships presently, when layered against the reverence of icons and ritual of our distant past, excites me. By recreating scared and ancestral objects from present day objectified and discarded consumer goods, I utilize their place as a point of reference between these two worlds. Questioning how we make our money, and what we choose spend it on all through my process.
The natural evolution of these concepts of ritual and worship have grown to include a performative aspect to the sculptural work. The new body of triptychs tends to be more personal about my identity and it's perceptions. The duality between the tintypes and medium format photography creates some theater of it's own. Performance was my earliest medium, I continue to invite it into my practice. All of my work currently intersects at ritual and worship from how it is created to what the results yield."