The work of renowned Guadalajaran artist Gonzalo Lebrija addresses notions of power, bureaucracy and hypocrisy in Mexican society and, by association, the Western world.
Creating photographs and installations imbued with both humour and a probing insistence to unveil the faults of seemingly unfaltering political structures, Lebrija invites us to observe Armani-clad businessmen riding bulls, or lawyers participating in a paper-aeroplane competition from Guadalajara’s tallest office block. By undermining steadfast political and business hierarchies, Lebrija questions the true pecking order of modern society.
In his first major monograph, 80 full-colour illustrations of the artist’s multifarious work sit alongside texts by poets, artists and architects specially commissioned by Lebrija.
Gonzalo Lebrija was born in Mexico City in 1972 and obtained a BFA in Science of Communication at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO) in 1998. He lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Recent solo exhibitions include Lights On, I-20 Gallery, New York, USA, 2003; Gonzalo Lebrija, Pynercontreras Gallery, London, UK, 2005; The Damage is Done, I-20 Gallery, New York, 2007 and Gonzalo Lebrija, Laurent Godin, Paris, France, 2008. Group exhibitions include Clusterfuck, Latch Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA, 2003; So Far So Close, The Americas Society, New York, USA, 2004; Eco, Mexico, Museo de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain, 2005; El Desollado, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China, 2006; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK, 2007 and The Future is but the Obsolete in Reverse, Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne, Germany, 2008.