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Opening Reception for both exhibitions:

Wednesday, May 5, 2004, 6-8pm

Gallery Hours: 10-6 Tues thru Sat


The first solo exhibition of Daniel Guzman in New York City


Thieves Like Us
Lombard-Freid Fine Arts

531 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001

T: 212.967.8040 F: 212.967.0669



Daniel Guzman, Or, Like a Vinyl Record, Two Sides of the Same Thing

@ TRANS> area and Lombard-Freid Fine Arts

Exhibition dates: Thieves Like Us @ Lombard-Freid:May 1 – June 5
                                NY GROOVE @ TRANS> area: May 1 – June 30

SIDE A: Thieves Like Us at Lombard-Fried


A few blocks from my house, near the populous Mexico City neighborhood of Tacuba, is Cuitlahuac subway station.  This station is surrounded by stalls that offer an array of articles to the subway users and passers by. Most of these bargains are illegal or pirate versions of beauty products, clothes, books, recorded music, stereos and video equipment.


The practice of audio and video piracy has spread out in a prodigious way amongst people of low income, who survive on these types of informal urban economies.


The illegality in this activity gives rock music lovers the chance to find really interesting material on CD or DVD amongst these street stalls.  For instance, the pirates actually make CD reissues of old and out of print vinyl LPs that the legal market has ceased to release, and likewise they produce their own anthologies and bootleg live recordings of bands and solo acts, old and new, and offer their product way below half of its expected price.


This mercantile and economic chaos has given my work the possibility of appropriating and reinterpreting the rock music commodity.  Following the ways of these pirates, I have allowed myself to change the images and content of their very products, to fit them to the aesthetic concerns of my drawings, sculptures and videos.





Going for a walk downtown, or better still, dancing around my city, performing a choreography in the midst of chaos, practicing some happy steps, with lightness and a rocker feel, letting the body react to the music, not without a tinge of nostalgia, making my way through the people, the stalls and street sellers, immersed in the urban noise during this rehearsal for the body and soul.


And while we dance here and now, I remember a time when rock music was generous, maybe a bit more naive, but surely more amusing than the impersonal corporate monster it has become.  So many bands, ghosts on stage, and possibilities now lost in the musical mainstream, one more spot on the urban floor… whatever… that is what my little old selective memory makes me believe as I remember those sessions listening to the BEATLES, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, DEEP PURPLE, LED ZEPPELIN, KISS and other great bands at a friend’s house, while growing up in a working class neighborhood of Mexico City. Colonia Doctores: that is where these visions, music and urban popular culture that I now carry around, stuck to me with their beliefs and affections, so that now they might spout again in the middle of this dog dance, and take shape from within my memory and love for the noise of those electric guitars, drums and bass guitars as they synchronize here and now, in my city, with my friends, out on the streets.



About Daniel Guzman>

Daniel Guzmán lives and works in Mexico City. Guzmán’s exhibition at TRANS>area will be his first solo show in the U.S. For “NYC Groove”, Guzmán will exhibit works that explore the psyche of Mexican pop culture, and the tremendous impact rock music has had in shaping Mexico’s contemporary social history.


Among the exhibitions in which Guzman’s work has been included are: IL QUOTIDIANO ALTERATO, Curated by Gabriel Orozco, Venice Biennale,2003; HAPPINESS, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; KILLING TIME AND LISTENING BETWEEN LINES,  Jumex, Mexico City; HOW EXTRAORDINARY THAT THE WORLD EXISTS,  CCAC, San Francisco; MONTREAL BIENNALE, Centre International D’Art Contemporain de Montréal, Canada; GWANJU BIENNALE, Gwanju, South Korea; SIETE DILEMAS: DIALGOS EN EL ARTE MEXICANO, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City.



About TRANS> area

TRANS> area is a nonprofit arts and cultural space in Chelsea, New York. TRANS> area offers artists their first solo exhibition in New York City and often the United States. The program at TRANS> area is sponsored in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc and Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz. Additional support for this exhibition has been received by Avantgarde Multimedia, Inc., Aeromexico and Great Neck Games & Productions, Inc. Special thanx to Carishma Mehta, James Bolenbaugh, Erika Biddle, Chris and Nasa at Avantgarde; Gaby de la O, Gabriel Kuri, Kurimanzutto and Lombard-Freid.

For further information, please contact Sandra Antelo-Suarez, trans@transmag.org

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