Libby Leshgold Gallery

Exhibition curated by Cate Rimmer
Opening Reception: Tuesday March 17, 2009 at 7:30pm

The Charles H. Scott Gallery is pleased to present the first Canadian solo exhibition of Uruguay born, New York-based artist Alejandro Cesarco.

Cesarco works within the tradition of conceptual art to produce artworks in various mediums that derive from popular culture, art history, and literature. Among the pieces in Now and Then are a series of ongoing pencil crayon text drawings titled When I am Happy (2002+); Everness (2008), a film projection that combines James Joyce with songs from the Spanish Civil War and Brazil’s Tropicalista movement; and a video titled Help (2002) in which the artist speaks the lyrics of the Beatles’ song.

In the current issue of Bomb Magazine Nicolas Guagnini writes, “Cesarco uses the opacity of language to create narratives and cultural landscapes of melancholic precision, often cued from high-modern literature. His work seems to have always been there, granted like an old friendship, yet it confronts us with a vague and foreboding feeling of loss. In short, it feels like a traumatized but romantically healing experience of the last chapter of modernity.”

Alejandro Cesarco has been exhibiting internationally since 1999. In 2007 he collaborated with John Baldessari to produce a two-person exhibition titled Retrospective at Murray Guy in New York. Cesarco has had solo exhibitions at Langton Arts in San Francisco, Universidad de Los Andes in Mérida, Venezuela, and has been included in group exhibitions at the Or Gallery in Vancouver, COMA in Berlin, and Museo de Arte Latino Americano de Buenos Aires in Argentina. In addition to his practice as an artist, Cesarco edits Between Artists, a series of books published by the Art Resource Transfer Press, and has curated exhibitions including the work of artists such as Felix Gonzales-Torres, Tim Rollins and KOS, and Vija Celmins.