Charles Bickel

The Juxtapuesto Series started in 1998, This is the Artist Statement I wrote in 2006:

 I love painting, not just the process of making it or crafting paintings—I love the entire history behind it, the process of viewing, contemplating and ideally being seduced and engaged by a painting. In this series I’ve attempted to take possession of pop icons, religious icons, the ideas and styles from our art history and social issues and placed them side by side. As a Chicano I feel deeply ingrained in our society while simultaneously feeling like an outsider to the US culture. It was this conflict that I used as the starting point for the Juxtapuesto Series. I hoped to create paintings that were approachable by the layperson as well as engaging to my peers and I do believe the labor came to fruition with playful and poignant paintings.