FLAYED: a collaborative installation by Eric J. Garcia, Salvador Jiménez-Flores and Gabriel Villa

11222924_935540512893_7640697948888555450_oNovember 20, 2015— Zhou B Art Center is celebrating the opening of Flayed: a collaborative installation by Eric J. Garcia, Salvador Jiménez-Flores and Gabriel Villa. Artist reception, November 20, 7-10pm (part of 3rd Fridays). Located at 1029 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609. Show runs until December 12.

The Zhou B Art Center presents FLAYED: a collaborative installation by Eric J. Garcia, Salvador Jiménez-Flores and Gabriel Villa. FLAYED is a joint project depicting the “personal evolution of the creative process”. Garcia, Jiménez-Flores and Villa unite to produce 20 – 9 x 12 ft. (double sided) works graphically highlighting key moments in their artist’s evolution. By delving into the memory pool and locating time markers, they attempt to unpack what motivated or sparked their creative pursuits. The outcome is a visual journey into the minds of three artists as they go in search of the special and personal recollections/inspirations.

Flayed, is designed to work with architecture found on the 2nd floor Zhou B Art Center. All three artists have experience in creating large-scale murals and have brought that knowledge to this specific space. Large-scale drop cloth suspended between concrete columns introduces the viewer to oversized vignettes that are at times chronological, at times factual and at times metaphorical.  Flayed utilizes art methods similar to, storyboard or comic strip to depict ideas referencing autobiographical story and memory, while the raw drop cloth hints at the remnants of bygone processes and experiences.  Like a snake sheds its skin as it grows and matures, the stretched canvases are the flayed flesh of very personal experiences exposed to world. Individually created but with a collective approach and a collaborative finale, this installation is a monumental glimpse into the evolution of creativity.

Eric J. Garcia currently resides in Chicago, Illinois and is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Salvador Jiménez-Flores currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts and is originally from Jamay, Jalisco, Mexico. Gabriel Villa currently resides in Chicago, Illinois and is originally from El Paso, TX. All three artists are also art educators and active member of their arts communities. All three artists have numerous national and international exhibitions and have received numerous awards.