Marc Trujillo: American Purgatory

Edited by Bryan Granger. Forward by Mark Sloan. Essays by Robert Storr, Bryan Granger, Rachel Magnus, and Chris Ware.
Published by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art (2019).
163 pages.
ISBN 9781532384653
$24.95 + shipping and handling.

The paintings of Marc Trujillo portray quotidian scenes: fast food restaurants, big box store aisles, the long terminal corridors of airports, and so on. The scenes are remarkably unremarkable. In their ubiquitous nature, the paintings present an anti-place: scenes that refer not to a specific place, but to uncannily similar tableaus that unfold everyday in communities across America. While Trujillo models his paintings after specific locations, usually in the Los Angeles area, his scenes appear strikingly similar to viewers’ own relationships with local commerce. His paintings critique a hallmark of modern capitalism: one that aims to recreate identical commercial experiences across the country.

On the heels of his exhibition, the Halsey Institute has published Marc Trujillo: American Purgatory. Featuring essays by Robert Storr, Chris Ware, Rachel Magnus, and Bryan Granger. The book extends the reach of the exhibition to include more than 60 color images of Trujillo’s urban landscapes and still lifes.

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