C.J. Chueca

I am the River Behind the Wall

October 26th - November 25th, 2018

Opening Reception October 27th 8-12pm

Mulherin Toronto is pleased to present I Am The River Behind The Wall, C.J. Chueca’s first solo exhibition in Toronto.

The artist has been discussing the concept of home throughout her work. As a constant immigrant herself since she was a child, for this show, Chueca confronts life in the streets of New York with life of the native land of her father in the Andes of Peru. 

Many people leave their initial homes to seek for a new begging someplace else. Sometimes this transition implicates an inevitable transformation of the identity. 
From the millions that migrate, there are hundreds that never adapt to their new territories. Those stay in a temporary –sometimes permanent- state of dislocation. But regardless of what we see, there are a few that choose to be this way. Detached, isolated, alone. 
Chueca has been in close contact with homeless in the New York City and Lima. And the first part of this exhibition is related to these encounters. The second part is focused on the return to the place they/we once left. 

The river behind the wall is a metaphor for that spirit, perhaps preserved at all cost, that accompanies us from the start till we die. A life that has an independent rythm from the one is form by our interaction with society. A state that some choose to embrace and stay loose to maintain themselves apart.

C.J. Chueca,  I am the river behind the wall (Night at Rio Mantaro),  2018, ceramic tiles, acrylic on wood, aloe and cactus, 48 x 70 inches


C.J. Chueca, I am the river behind the wall (Night at Rio Mantaro), 2018, ceramic tiles, acrylic on wood, aloe and cactus, 48 x 70 inches

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C.J. Chueca,  I am the river behind the wall (Night at Rio Mantaro),  2018, ceramic tiles, acrylic on wood, aloe and cactus, 48 x 70 inches ( rear view )

C.J. Chueca, I am the river behind the wall (Night at Rio Mantaro), 2018, ceramic tiles, acrylic on wood, aloe and cactus, 48 x 70 inches ( rear view )

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C.J. Chueca,  I am the river behind the wall , 2018, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 60 inches

C.J. Chueca, I am the river behind the wall, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 60 inches

C.J. Chueca,  Body #6 (NY) , 2014, ceramic tiles on wood, 42 x 42 inches

C.J. Chueca, Body #6 (NY), 2014, ceramic tiles on wood, 42 x 42 inches

C.J. Chueca,  Blue Jeans (dawn in Venice Beach),  2018, ceramic tiles and wood, 22 x 29.5 inches  SOLD

C.J. Chueca, Blue Jeans (dawn in Venice Beach), 2018, ceramic tiles and wood, 22 x 29.5 inches SOLD

C.J. Chueca,  Body #5,  2015, ceramic tiles and acrylic on wood, 28 x 46 inches

C.J. Chueca, Body #5, 2015, ceramic tiles and acrylic on wood, 28 x 46 inches

C.J. Chueca,  Body #5 (NY) , 2015, ceramic tiles and acrylic on wood, 28 x 46 inches

C.J. Chueca, Body #5 (NY), 2015, ceramic tiles and acrylic on wood, 28 x 46 inches

C.J. Chueca,  Body X , 2016, ceramic tile and wood, 6 x 6 x 2 ½ inches

C.J. Chueca, Body X, 2016, ceramic tile and wood, 6 x 6 x 2 ½ inches

C.J. Chueca,  Body Horizon,  2016, ceramic tile and wood, 6 x 6 x 2 ½ inches SOLD

C.J. Chueca, Body Horizon, 2016, ceramic tile and wood, 6 x 6 x 2 ½ inches SOLD

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