Camilo Restrepo

El Bloc Del Narco

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Camilo Restrepo. El Bloc Del Narco, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Camilo Restrepo. El Bloc Del Narco, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Camilo Restrepo. El Bloc Del Narco, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Camilo Restrepo. El Bloc Del Narco, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Camilo Restrepo. El Bloc Del Narco #14, 2016. Ink, water-soluble wax pastel, tape, glue, newspaper clippings, staples, plastic bag, paper dust and saliva on paper 58 x 66 (147.3 x 147.6 cm)

Camilo Restrepo. El Bloc Del Narco #11, 2016. Ink, water-soluble wax pastel, tape, glue, newspaper clippings, staples, plastic bag, paper dust and saliva on paper 16 1/2 x 24 (41.9 x 61 cm)

Camilo Restrepo. El Bloc Del Narco #16, 2016. Ink, water-soluble wax pastel, tape, glue, newspaper clippings, staples, plastic bag, paper dust and saliva on paper 16 1/2 x 24 (41.9 x 61 cm)

Camilo Restrepo. El Bloc Del Narco #12, 2016. Ink, water-soluble wax pastel, tape, glue, newspaper clippings, staples, plastic bag, paper dust and saliva on paper on paper 16 1/2 x 24 (41.9 x 61 cm)

Camilo Restrepo. El Bloc Del Narco #14, 2016. Ink, water-soluble wax pastel, tape, glue, newspaper clippings, staples, plastic bag, paper dust and saliva on paper on paper 16 1/2 x 24 (41.9 x 61 cm)

Camilo Restrepo. El Bloc Del Narco #6, 2016. Ink, water-soluble wax pastel, tape, glue, newspaper clippings, staples, plastic bag, paper dust and saliva on paper 16 1/2 x 24 (41.9 x 61 cm)

Camilo Restrepo. El Bloc Del Narco #9, 2016. Ink, water-soluble wax pastel, tape, glue, newspaper clippings, staples, plastic bag, paper dust and saliva on paper on paper 16 1/2 x 24 (41.9 x 61 cm)

Camilo Restrepo. A Land Reform 17, 2019. Ink, water-soluble wax pastel, tape, stickers, newspaper clippings, glue and saliva on paper 46 3/4 x 115 3/4 inches (118.7 x 294 cm)

Camilo Restrepo. A Land Reform 17, 2019. Ink, water-soluble wax pastel, tape, stickers, newspaper clippings, glue and saliva on paper 46 3/4 x 115 3/4 inches (118.7 x 294 cm) (Detail)

Camilo Restrepo. A Land Reform 17, 2019. Ink, water-soluble wax pastel, tape, stickers, newspaper clippings, glue and saliva on paper 46 3/4 x 115 3/4 inches (118.7 x 294 cm) (Detail)

Camilo Restrepo. A Land Reform 17, 2019. Ink, water-soluble wax pastel, tape, stickers, newspaper clippings, glue and saliva on paper 46 3/4 x 115 3/4 inches (118.7 x 294 cm) (Detail)

Camilo Restrepo. A Land Reform 17, 2019. Ink, water-soluble wax pastel, tape, stickers, newspaper clippings, glue and saliva on paper 46 3/4 x 115 3/4 inches (118.7 x 294 cm) (Detail)

Camilo Restrepo. A Land Reform 17, 2019. Ink, water-soluble wax pastel, tape, stickers, newspaper clippings, glue and saliva on paper 46 3/4 x 115 3/4 inches (118.7 x 294 cm) (Detail)

Camilo Restrepo. A Land Reform 17, 2019. Ink, water-soluble wax pastel, tape, stickers, newspaper clippings, glue and saliva on paper 46 3/4 x 115 3/4 inches (118.7 x 294 cm) (Detail)

Camilo Restrepo. A Land Reform 17, 2019. Ink, water-soluble wax pastel, tape, stickers, newspaper clippings, glue and saliva on paper 46 3/4 x 115 3/4 inches (118.7 x 294 cm) (Detail)

Camilo Restrepo. A Land Reform 17, 2019. Ink, water-soluble wax pastel, tape, stickers, newspaper clippings, glue and saliva on paper 46 3/4 x 115 3/4 inches (118.7 x 294 cm) (Detail)

Camilo Restrepo. A Land Reform 17, 2019. Ink, water-soluble wax pastel, tape, stickers, newspaper clippings, glue and saliva on paper 46 3/4 x 115 3/4 inches (118.7 x 294 cm) (Detail)

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February 23 – March 23, 2019

Steve Turner is pleased to present El Bloc Del Narco, a solo exhibition by Medellín-based Camilo Restrepo that will feature new works from two ongoing series, El Bloc Del Narco and A Land Reform.

El Bloc Del Narco consists of pairs of drawings that address the  effects of language on the Colombian war on drugs. In each work, Restrepo highlights a word that has the prefix “narco” and that appeared in popular media. He has collected scores of new words including “narcobuns,” “narcohippos” and “narcoanguishes,” and has vowed to continue the series as long as new “narcoticized” words are introduced. In each work Restrepo collages newspaper clippings of criminal aliases and words related to the Colombian armed conflict that are found between quotation marks in El Tiempo newspaper.

In A Land Reform, Restrepo collages newspaper clippings of criminal aliases. He then draws characters to represent the aliases in comic-strip fashion using Google image search results as a guide. To complete the work, he distresses the drawings with a knife or water and then carefully repairs some of the damage with minute pieces of paper tape and more layers of drawing. The process of damage and repair alludes to the havoc caused by the war on drugs and the way people must constantly deal with its consequences.

Camilo Restrepo (born 1973, Medellín, Colombia), earned an MFA from CalArts (2013) and a master’s degree in aesthetics from the National University of Colombia (2008). He has had solo exhibitions at Steve Turner (2013, 2014, 2015 & 2017); ArtBo, Bogota (2016); Arco Madrid (2015); Untitled, Miami Beach (2013); Galería Santa Fe, Bogotá (2011); Casa Tres Patios, Medellín (2010); Galeriá de la Oficina, Medellín (2010) and LA Galería, Bogotá (2009). In 2010, Restrepo was nominated for the Premio Luis Caballero, the most important prize in Colombia for artists over 35.

Born 1973, Medellín
Lives and works in Medellín

Education

2013      MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California
2008     MA in Aesthetics, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellín

Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2017
Mera Calentura, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Artissima, Torino (with Steve Turner)

2016
ArtBO, Bogotá (with Steve Turner)
Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, California
Art Brussels (with Steve Turner)

2015
Tight Rope, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Camilo Restrepo & Pablo Rasgado, ARCO Madrid (with Steve Turner)

2014
El Sueño de la Razon Produce Monstruos, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
2013
This is a Wound, Not Just The Drawing of a Hole, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Untitled Special Projects, Miami Beach (with Steve Turner)

2011
Small figures on the ground, Premio Luis Caballero, Galería Santa Fe, Bogotá

2010
Recent works, Galería de La Oficina, Medellín
Small figures on the ground, Casa Tres Patios, Medellín

2009 This is a pipe, LA Galería, Bogotá

Selected Group Shows

2018
Untitled, Miami Beach (with Steve Turner) (Upcoming)
Inside Out, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Through-Line: Drawing and Weaving by 19 Artists, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
BioPix, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

2017
Untitled, Miami, (with Steve Turner)
Medellín, une histoire colombienne, Musée des Abattoirs, Toulouse

2016
CODE Art Fair, Copenhagen (with Steve Turner)
Seattle Art Fair (with Steve Turner)

2015
Historias Locales / Prácticas Globales, MDE15, Museo de Antioquia, Medellín
EXPO Chicago (with Steve Turner)
Space Program, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

2014
Una Linea de Povolo, FLACSO, Quito, Ecuador
ARTBO, Bogotá (with Steve Turner)
Pinta London (with Steve Turner)
Zona Maco, Mexico City (with Steve Turner)

2013
Untitled, Miami Beach (with Steve Turner)
Subrepticio, Historias Encubiertas, Galería Banasta, Medellín
Gloria/Dinero, Galería de la Oficina, Medellín
Uma linha de pó, Barracao Maravilha Arte Contemporanea, Rio de Janeiro
La gente en la colección del Museo, Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, Medellín

2012
Poetas en tiempos de escasez. El parqueadero – Banco de la República, Bogotá

2011
Más allá de la Crisis, 6a Ventosul, Bienal de Curitiva, Museo Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba, Brazil

2010
42 Salón Nacional de Artistas, Museo Antropológico Universidad del Atlántico, Barranguilla
Premio Bienal de Artes Plásticas y Visuales Bogotá 2010, Fundación Gilberto Alzate Avendaño, Bogotá
Casa Tres Patios – No Soul for Sale, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London

Awards and Distinctions

2013
Fulbright Grant, United States

2012
XXII Salón Colombiano de Fotografía, Sala de Arte Suramericana de Seguros, Medellín

Bibliography

2017
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Forbes, December 6
Lesser, Casey. “Why You’re Seeing So Many More Works on Paper at Art Fairs.” Artsy, November 1
Hanson, Sarah P. “New commissions by nine artists for DiCaprio Foundation sale.” The Art Newspaper, July 20

2015
Maloney, Darby. “The L.A. Art Scene: Mega-galleries and Narco Art.”
The Frame, KPCC, September 25
Miranda, Carolina A. “Art born of the drug wars: Camilo Restrepo on ‘narco bananas’ and pen-on-paper violence,” Los Angeles Times, September 23

2014
Black, Ezrha Jean. “Pacific Standard Surreal – A wish list,” Artillery, May 8

2013
Cembalest, Robin. “Artwork on Violence in Colombia Too Dangerous for Art Fair in Miami,” ARTnews, December 4
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Artfetch, September