American painter Marc Trujillo depicts in his paintings places that are omnipresent in American urban and suburban landscapes such as gas stations, shopping malls, big chain stores, and restaurants.
Trujillo's paintings portray daily scenes that take place in non-places par excellence: fast-food restaurants, corridors of department stores, long terminal corridors of airports. The scenes are extraordinarily insignificant. In their omnipresent nature, the paintings present an anti-place: scenes that refer not to a specific place but to surprisingly similar tableaus that take place every day in communities across America. While Trujillo models his paintings according to specific places, usually in the Los Angeles area, his scenes appear surprisingly similar to spectators' relationships with local commerce. His paintings criticize a distinctive sign of modern capitalism; which aims to recreate identical business experiences across the nation; until homologating abroad making it an extension of an American periphery. The exhibition is composed of the Drive-Thru Paintings series and the works of the Combo series, in which the trays with food are portrayed. The exhibition is accompanied by essays written by Camilla Boemio and Helaine Glick.
Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1966, and currently residing in Los Angeles, Mr. Trujillo teaches at Santa Monica College. He received his B.A. in 1991 from the University of Texas at Austin and his M.F.A. in 1994 from the Yale University School of Art, where he received the Ely Harwood Schless Memorial Fund Prize as well as the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Trust Fellowship. In 2001, Mr. Trujillo received the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, and in 2008 he received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Trujillo's work has been exhibited nationally on both coasts and featured in numerous publications, including Artforum, ARTnews, the Los Angeles Times, and Artweek.