Marc Trujillo: American Purgatory
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston presents Marc Trujillo: American Purgatory August 5 – October 7. Trujillo’s paintings portray quotidian scenes: fast food restaurants, big box store aisles, the long terminal corridors of airports. In their ubiquitous nature, the paintings present an anti-place: scenes that refer not to a specific place, but to uncannily similar tableaus that unfold everyday in communities across America. While Trujillo models his paintings after specific locations, usually in the Los Angeles area, his scenes appear strikingly similar to viewers’ own relationships with local commerce. His paintings critique a hallmark of modern capitalism: one that aims to recreate identical commercial experiences across the country. Free.