Luis Sahagun: Riding the Three-Headed Serpent

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Luis Sahagun: Riding the Three-Headed Serpent

to Sat 17 Dec 2022

Artist: Luis A. Sahagun

969 Chung King Road, CA 90012 Luis Sahagun: Riding the Three-Headed Serpent

Tue-Sat 11am-5pm


Charlie James Gallery presents Riding the Three-Headed Serpent, an exhibition by Chicago-based artist Luis Alvaro Sahagun Nuño. Riding the Three-Headed Serpent features new works that interrogate how contemporary portraiture allied with Mesoamerican indigenous healing practices can serve as limpias or soul retrievals.

Artworks

Limpia no. 4 (Tatiana ''La Taty'' Gonzalez Nuño), 2022

Charcoal, paper, amethyst, obsidian crystals, resin, beads, gorilla glue, rope, joint compound, gold leaf, family photos, found objects, and caulk
57 x 57 x 4.5 inches

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Limpia no. 1 (Maria ''Mariquita'' Rodriguez Sahagun), 2022

Charcoal, paper, amethyst, obsidian crystals, resin, beads, gorilla glue, rope, joint compound, gold leaf, family photos, found objects, and caulk
56 x 46 x 4 inches

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Limpia no. 2 (Rosario Elizabeth ''Chayo'' Sahagun), 2022

Charcoal, paper, amethyst, obsidian crystals, resin, beads, gorilla glue, rope, joint compound, gold leaf, family photos, found objects, and caulk
56 x 46 x 4 inches

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Limpia no. 3 (Jose Luis ''Don Chepe'' Sahagun Sotelo), 2022

Charcoal, paper, amethyst, obsidian crystals, resin, beads, gorilla glue, rope, joint compound, gold leaf, family photos, found objects, and caulk
77 x 66 x 5 inches

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Limpia no. 5 (Hector ''El Tito'' Chang Nuño), 2022

Charcoal, paper, amethyst, obsidian, rosemary, crystals, resin, beads, gorilla glue, rope, joint compound, gold leaf, family photos, found objects, and caulk
57 x 28 x 3.5 inches

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Limpia no. 6 (Hector ''El Hugo'' Gonzalez Nuño), 2022

Charcoal, paper, Amethyst, obsidian, rosemary, crystals, resin, beads, gorilla glue, rope, joint compound, gold leaf, family photos, found objects, and caulk
57.5 x 28 x 4 inches

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Limpia no. 7 (Luis Alvaro ''Huicho'' Sahagun Nuño), 2022

Charcoal, paper, Amethyst, obsidian crystals, resin, beads, gorilla glue, rosemary, rope, joint compound, gold leaf, family photos, found objects, and caulk
57.5 x 28 x 4 inches

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Limpia no. 8 (Guadalupe ''La Lupe'' Nuño Novoa), 2022

Charcoal, paper, Amethyst, obsidian crystals, resin, beads, gorilla glue, rope, joint compound, gold leaf, family photos, found objects, and caulk
28 x 24 x 3 inches

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Limpia no. 9 (Abuelita Guadalupe Nuño), 2022

Charcoal, paper, Citrine, Amethyst, obsidian crystals, resin, beads, gorilla glue, rope, joint compound, gold leaf, family photos, found objects, and caulk
36 x 36 x 3 inches

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Limpia no. 10 (Arturo, ''El Trompas'' Ibarra Nuño), 2022

Charcoal, paper, Amethyst, Citrine, obsidian crystals, resin, beads, gorilla glue, rope, joint compound, gold leaf, family photos, found objects, and caulk
34 x 34 x 4 inches

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Limpia no. 11 (Katya Flores Sahagun), 2022

Charcoal, paper, tigers eye, obsidian crystals, resin, beads, gorilla glue, rope, joint compound, gold leaf, family photos, found objects, and caulk
24 x 24 x 3 inches

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Soul Retrieval no. 3 (Luis Alvaro ''Alvarito'' Sahagún Nuño), 2022

Charcoal, paper, tigers eye, obsidian crystals, resin, beads, gorilla glue, sea shells, rope, joint compound, gold leaf, family photos, found objects, and caulk
30 x 15 x 2 inches

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Maria Bonita, Maria del Alma, 2022

Charcoal, paper, Amethyst, obsidian crystals, resin, beads, gorilla glue, rope, joint compound, gold leaf, family photos, found objects, and caulk
81 x 56 x 2.5 inches

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In creating this body of work Luis worked to heal his family’s and community’s acute spiritual distress rooted in three diseases inflicted by colonization, white supremacy, and systemic oppression: Susto (soul lost or weeping soul), Bilis (rage), and Envidia (envy of the power of the oppressor).

Luis’ family pictures are rendered in charcoal and adhered to oriented strand board (OSB), a construction material made from leftover parts of knotty or crooked trees. The OSB is then layered with resin beads infused with chants, yerbas or plant medicine, sea shells, crystals, and miniature family photos. Each piece also contains small sculptures created through ritual connection with spirit guides, which allow Luis to journey into the spirit world to identify the specific animal medicine required for each sitter. The portraits or limpias become shamanic topographical maps guiding intuitive ceremonies for the release of harmful emotional energy.

Luis references and re-uses 17th century royal Spanish portraits to spotlight, celebrate, and put in positions of power stories of indigenous survival. As a means to embolden the sitter’s beauty and produce grandeur, the works of art are finished with bonded together fragments of ornamental baroque-style frames.

Riding the Three-Headed Serpent explores how craft, spirituality, and labor interweave to celebrate the complexities of Latinidad/Latinx identity, immigration/migration, and decoloniality, connecting Luis’ rich ancestral history, lived experience and creative practice to intervene in this racially charged moment.

Luis Sahagun was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in 1982. He has exhibited at venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Roswell, NM; The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL; the International Exposition of Contemporary Art (expo) Chicago, IL; DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL; amongst many others. Additionally, his work has been covered in publications such as: ArtForum, ChicagoMag, NewCity Magazine, New American Paintings, and the Chicago Tribune. His practice has also been spotlighted on the radio, podcasts, and television networks such as MundoFOX, UNIVISION and WBEZ-NPR. Sahagun has held residencies at Roswell, NM, Oaxaca, MX, Chicago Artist Coalition, Mana Contemporary in Miami, and was an Artist in Residence for Critical Race Studies at Michigan State University. A 3Arts Awardee, he received his undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University- Carbondale, an MFA at Northern Illinois University.

Courtesy of the artist and Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles


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