Fables without Morals
The work of Erik Jerezano lives in a world where the eye is constantly deceiving us yet does so apologetically, where the naivety of the pen and simplicity of paper is taken with grave seriousness, and where little ducks superimposed over lions stop and ask for directions. The indescribable softness of the (often) ironic reflexivity of his work binds together the two places where he has been shaped the most culturally: Mexico City and Toronto.
Jerezano is concerned with creating landscapes of fauna that disguise themselves as one thing, but prove to be something else - beasts that are not-quite-what-they-seem. By the integral use of text combined with childlike imagery, his art strives to take the viewer into a place where the subconscious has a moment to breath in the world outside of dreams. The vulnerability of his work immediately allows a letting go, while recapitulating the experiences of movement and otherness. His drawings centre on viewer participation, to produce an aesthetic that allows the public an opportunity to respond intuitively and reconfigure the idea of what it means to be an informed participant.
Currently, Erik finds himself working within small to medium sized formats, which retain a primarily monochromatic feel. By adding thin layers of neutral colors using acrylic paint, chinese ink, charcoal and pencil, he opens up the paper to a sense of space, which in turn aids his desire to compose drawings indicating a certain weightlessness.