Xavier Lopez Jr
Joined Echo Echo: 2011
Xavier Lopez is a veteran of over 1000 art exhibitions and has shown his work on both coasts as well as in France and Germany. Best known for his own brand of expressive conceptualist/minimalist sculpture and the “Soft Cyborg,” which is both a theoretical treatise as well as a significant body of artwork that he has dealt with for ten years and which has taken the form of sculpture, performance and now painting and which began as a theoretical paper at the University of California, Davis, where he received his MFA in contemporary sculpture. Much of Xavier’s work is intensely personal. He works with a variety of materials, often mixing sculptural, painting and even photographic and found materials. He strives to tell stories or make statements in his work that others can understand at many levels. Xavier Lopez uses language and the image to create new connections, which cause us to question the meanings of commonly held notions.
His work is about associations, creating a discourse between the objects, ideas, subjects and the viewer. Xavier always works in ways that will not bore himself, because he has a low tolerance for tedium. Rather, he seeks to experiment and surprise himself, seeking to avoid the sense that he is working in a way that is rote. Xavier will often begin working one way and then make a shift. This shift may be in perspective or it may be in materials, for example; if he is primarily painting, he will then add a sculptural element to the piece. In some ways his work is like the city billboards that are layered image atop image, if the layers are taken apart, even though they were never meant to have anything in common they begin to and connections are made. He loves these connections, they are his joy, they are the things he looks for at all times and which permeate his work. At the same time this mode of working is a tool Xavier uses to enhance experimentation and to surprise himself. Xavier always works on several pieces at the same time and takes chances with materials which he may have never used before. Because of this, His artwork has an immediacy, which forces the viewer to recognize its power. It is his goal to make the process of creating art into a constant learning experience.
Xavier Lopez enjoys the ridiculous much better than the sublime and has an appreciation for intense beauty. He believes that beauty is a much more complex and engaging entity than is commonly perceived and which is not without its darkness. Xavier Lopez’ work is very American; a mixture of many ideas, images and ideals.