ESCOMBROS, New Work by Luis Sahagun

March 20, 2015 to May 2, 2015

Opening Reception Friday, March 20, 2015 from 6 - 9 pm

"I create metaphors, narratives and symbols that depict experiences of how it feels to be a minority in today’s world. For me, cardboard symbolizes brown skin and concrete reminds me of the grittiness of the streets.

The framework for my art comes from being a naturalized citizen of this country and from my upbringing in the south suburbs of Chicago near one of the poorest cities in the United States.  I work in a gestural manner using the language of painting and sculpture. I have a remarkable appetite to play with and investigate simple materials such as cardboard, concrete, metal, and wood which were all part of my childhood vernacular. Excavating the streets for these materials allowed me to build a palette in preparation for my work.

I consider ESCOMBROS (spanish for rubble) to be a modern day anthropological site that represents a community. Materials found in the street contain a history created by its residents. Within this context it is easy for me to connect these materials to people and places.

In addition, my objective is to use destruction/demolition as a vehicle to pursue a personal and unique artistic mark. I use power tools to deconstruct and disfigure forms. I make cuts, tears, and slices on the surface to develop a history that simultaneously encapsulates and uncovers the materials’ physicality. I believe that beauty and solemnity emerges through destruction." - Luis Sahagun



  • Luis Sahagun, "The Crude Impressions of My Scars," 2014. Gesso, Nails, Nail Polish, Acrylic on Cardboard, 38 x 31 x 7
  • Luis Sahagun, "Beautiful Suffering," 2014. Gesso, Spray Paint, Acrylic on Cardboard, 26x22x8
  • Luis Sahagun, "The Imprints of a Broken Lover," Found Chain, Fabric on Concrete, 26x15x4
  • Luis Sahagun, "Spreading of the Jaguar Skin," 2015, Oil and Joint Compound on Blue Mesh, 20.5" x 28.5"
  • Luis Sahagun, A Disfigured Desire with an Intimate Blow, 2013, Aluminum, Cardboard, Drywall, Acrylic, Screws, Paper Mache, Rope, Wood, 18" x 30" x 20"
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