SEAN PAUL GALLEGOS
Sean Paul Gallegos engages in a cyclical dance with living in New Mexico. Though just a wink of time was spent in Northern New Mexico in his early childhood, his ancestry spans several generations. He’s now entering his 6th non-consecutive year of residing in Albuquerque. The rest of his life has been split between Metro-Detroit and the Bronx, NYC. He spent over 15 years in the Bronx honing his craft and building an art career. His work was published in the New York Times, Artforum.com Critic Picks and the latest interview with the American Federation of Arts exhibition, Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture’s blog. Sean Paul’s exhibition highlights include Aqua Art Fair Miami, AIM 33: Artist in the Marketplace at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and La Bienal at El Museo del Barrio in Harlem, NYC. Sean Paul's work was recently acquired by The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History for their permanent collection and to be displayed in the "American Jewelry of New Mexico" exhibition.
"Sanctifying the discarded through transformation is how I verbalize my practice. Discarded consumer goods illustrate the amount of waste we create everyday. The hunter gatherer style of acquiring materials, lets the work be organic. Exploring the ideas of what society worships presently, when layered against the reverence of icons and ritual of our distant past, excites me. By re-creating sacred and/or ancestral sculptures from present day objectified and discarded consumer goods, I utilize their place as a point of reference between past and present. Questioning what we choose spend our earnings on, all through my process."