Agustin was born in Mexico City. The subject of death, decay and resurrection haunts his early artistic work; where he often explores the role of religious symbolism and rituals in the contemplation of these questions. Agustin’s work has been concerned primarily with how these themes play out in institutional contexts such as church, state and corporation. The artworks created during this period were a combination of varied media and drew from early Christian iconography and commercial symbols.
Agustin continues to explore the same subjects of interest that permeated his early work. In his most recent projects, he reflects on decay and transformation through the interconnections of organic matter and man-made waste. In some of his projects, he creates metaphorical meanings by blending natural debris and industrial waste in ways that accentuate the transformative processes of both materials.
In this body of work, I look for interactions between industrial and organic waste taking place at the various stages of deterioration and decomposition caused by bacteria, fungi and exposure to the elements. In this breakdown process, natural and man-made objects are often juxtaposed, evoking stories of loss, struggle and transformation. These images are, in a way, forensic anthropology. They are evanescing clues of our ephemeral life.
I photograph objects and situations that best represent the interaction between organic and industrial waste. I try to intercede as little as possible on the subject I photograph. I use different equipment, from a Canon 5D Mark II, to a Nikon F3 film camera.
Agustín González Garza was born and raised in Mexico City. He attended California College of Arts & Crafts, in San Francisco, and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where he conducted studies in Fine Arts and Graphic Design.
His work has been recognized internationally and forms part of the permanent collection of the National Library of Congress.
Between 1990 and 2017 Agustin has had a variety of art exhibitions at public and private venues, among them are:
New Langton Gallery in San Francisco
SPARC in Venice, CA
The Brewery, Los Angeles, CA
Chapman Market, Los Angeles, CA
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City
Salón de la Cultura, Mexico City
Elizabeth Houston Gallery, NYC
For over a decade, Agustin taught at Art Center College of Design and he was Founding Professor at Art Center/Europe, in Switzerland.
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