Jared Antonio-Justo Trujillo’s solo exhibition “When There is Darkness, You Are the Light” features new LED backlit aluminum sculptures and a site-specific installation. It opens at KEEP Contemporary, the gallery Trujillo has owned and operated since 2016, on March 23.
Trujillo brings the freedom and autonomy he feels as a graffiti artist to his work.
“I’ve been an artist all my life, but I started really focusing on my work in 2005,” explains Trujillo, a native of Santa Fe who earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design in 2010.
Trujillo’s abstract works begin with an original ink on paper drawing that’s scanned into a computer. The drawing is translated into a sculpture through the process of water jet technology.
There are many methods of cutting aluminum, including using lasers, plasma, hacksaws and shears, but Trujillo prefers the water jet system.
“It’ a very clean way to cut the aluminum,” he adds. “You don’t end up seeing my hand in the actual piece, and I like that.”
While Trujillo’s ideas are inspired by nature, technology, graffiti and Native American pottery, they’re also imbued with spiritual ideas. “The title of the show references our inherent connection or oneness with a divine energy,” he says. “Each sculpture’s subtle glow speaks to this spiritual presence.”
Trujillo’s installation consists of vinyl wiring connected to a vinyl space suit that has been cut in half. It will be mounted on a gallery wall for the duration of the show.
There’s a catered reception at the exhibit’s opening. Music is provided by DJ13pieces.