Osvaldo Trujillo is a Los Angeles based artist who is exploring and creating new worlds through his graphite and colored pencil works. These worlds that are explored are things that may be seen under our fingertips or within our bodies, as they are cellular subjects.
They play with this fantasy of being mechanical or robotic while being completely organic cells, as if they are sketches he did while observing a laboratory in the year 2100. They should remind you of the sketches Charles Darwin created while studying evolution in On The Origin of Species. They have this academic hint to them, which plays well with their being drawn (instead of painted or sculpted) and–typically–monochromatic. It makes sense that Trujillo is also a professor, as the world of study. Although he does teach fine art, it is fun to think that he’s actually a scientist who is discovering and–perhaps–creating these beings himself.
These pieces are part of an upcoming show at Downtown’s CB1, Trujillo’s first solo show with the gallery. The show is entitled Someplace Else and “showcases the artist’s study and creation of alternative realities.” CB1’s decision to showcase Trujillo is quite funny (well, “funny” as in “coincidental” as in “done on purpose because it makes 1000% sense”) as they’re currently showcasing a similar “creatures of alternate reality” show in Paul Donald’s Woulden.
Trujillo’s work has been shown around Los Angeles for the past decade or so, as he attended Loyola Marymount and Claremont for his MFA. As mentioned, he’s currently a professor of fine arts in town. Someplace Else opens December 11 and remains up through mid-January. The opening reception will be held the evening of the 11th as well.