Erik Jerezano, who now lives and works in Toronto, is a visceral mark-maker engaged in a daily exploration of full-scale myth-building. His figurative-based practice combines anthropomorphism, fable and the grotesque in waysthat offer abstract encounters with what he refers to as the visceral-intuitive.
This prolific artist has long been engaged in creating free-floating compositions that accumulate and interact both visually and narratively. By combining paint, chinese ink, charcoal and pencil, Jerezano has developed a system of diverse marks and lines that allow him to intuitively explore an increasingly complex, character-driven world. His sense of composition is often chaotic, exploiting a crude-meets-elegant approach that is used to great advantage over hundreds of drawings, investing them with a kind of lush, animal energy.
In each new image, Jerezano's odd-bodied figures continue to take centre stage. These murky limb-benders attend to unknown tasks, phantasmorically dancing their way through open spaces with little indication of background. Manimal shapes toss about body parts, step on and though one another, shed their skins or sprout horns; they are busy living out their lives.
Despite the surreal undertones of much of the work, there is something oddly natural captured in the mood of each moment. Through these drawings, we as viewers are witness to a fully developed internal system motivated by behavior, instinct, and, most importantly, a human-like sense of ritual.
— MARK LALIBERTE, January 2009
Artist Bio / CV
Erik Jerezano was born in Mexico City in 1973. He is a self-taught artist who arrived to Toronto in 2001. Since then he has exhibited his work in galleries and artist-run centres across Canada , Mexico and Europe. He was awarded a Toronto Arts Council Emerging Artist grant , Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist grant and his work was selected by the Drawing Center Viewing program in New York and the Art registry program of Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach California.
In the past, he was involved in community arts projects in Mexico City, where he collaborated on outdoor murals. In 2004, he and two other artists created Z’otz* Collective. The artists meet weekly to collaborate on multi-media works that include drawing, painting, collage, portable sculpture and the written word. The Summer of 2009 he will be traveling to Quebec to take part in 27th Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-paul
The work of Erik Jerezano lives in a world where the eye is constantly deceiving us yet does so apologetically, where the naivety of the pen and simplicity of paper is taken with grave seriousness. The indescribable softness of the (often) ironic reflexivity of his work binds together the two places where he has been shaped the most culturally: Mexico City and Toronto.