Yautepec Gallery has the pleasure to announce the first solo exhibition in Mexico City for Monterrey-based artist, Gretel Joffroy (b. Sonora, Mexico 1979). The exhibition, entitled "X," is also Yautepec's first exhibition of paint-based work in over a year.
The title of the show refers to a distinct compositional element common to many of Joffroy's works but simultaneously carries the important connotation of something excluded, forbidden, or negated. Thematically speaking, the use of the "X" within Joffroy's paintings speaks to a liberational ideal -- the transgression of conservative behavioral restrictions in pursuit of uninhibited personal freedom.
Be they orgiastic scenes of faceless figures or her recent, more representational homages to the women of the pin-up era, Joffroy's paintings present eroticism in conflict with the world in which it exists -- and of course that which created it. Having lived and worked in Monterrey, Mexico for several years now, Joffroy's sexually-charged work can be understood as a heartfelt rejection of the notoriously old-fashioned value system that remains entrenched in that Northern Mexican city (and most of Mexico outside the capital, for that matter).
The show will consist entirely of new, never-before-exhibited work, including three of Joffroy's large-format paintings (measuring 2.2 meters wide) as well as several medium-sized paintings.