Luis Mejico
My name is Luis Mejico, and I am an artist living in Chicago, Illinois. This Tumblog is a collection of my art. All pictures I post are taken by me (unless otherwise stated) and are of my artwork. Browse by:

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Unbuilt (Signs I-III). 2014. Sculpture.

Luis Mejico.

Unbuilt (Signs I-III). 2014. Sculpture.

Luis Mejico.

Promotional image for the For Me / For You series (more info here).
Luis Mejico.

For Me / For You: Suite II. 2014. Performed at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s end-of-year exhibition, ARTBASH. 

Video documentation of a 45-minute long suite of works from the For Me / For You project. Artist’s statement here

For Me / For You: 

Suite II - 

For Me: Alex K. 

For Me: Daliah A. 

For You: Totem

For You: Hickey

For Me: Kat A.

For Me: Brenda P.

For You: Impression.

Photos here: 1 & 2.

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For Me / For You: Suite II. 2014. Performed at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s end-of-year exhibition, ARTBASH. 

Documentation of a 45-minute long suite of works from the For Me / For You project. Artist’s statement here. Photos by Grace Johnston.

For Me / For You: 

Suite II - 

For Me: Alex K. 

For Me: Daliah A. 

For You: Totem

For You: Hickey

For Me: Kat A.

For Me: Brenda P.

For You: Impression.

Video here.

More photos here.

Luis Mejico

For Me / For You: Suite II. 2014. Performed at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s end-of-year exhibition, ARTBASH. 

Documentation of a 45-minute long suite of works from the For Me / For You project. Artist’s statement here. Photos by Henry Jordan.

For Me / For You: 

Suite II

For Me: Alex K. 

For Me: Daliah A. 

For You: Totem

For You: Hickey

For Me: Kat A.

For Me: Brenda P.

For You: Impression.

Video here.

More photos here.

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As. 2014. Performance. 

Luis Mejico.

Nazca. 2014. Performance.

Luis Mejico.

For Me / For You: Suite I (February 21, 2014). Performance. 

Suite of pieces from the For Me / For You project performed for Cheryl Pope’s Core class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on February 21, 2014. More information on the project here.

For Me / For You:

Suite I -

For You: The Cord

For You: Totem

For You: Hickey

For You: Impression

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FOR ME / FOR YOU

Artist’s statement: 

The For Me / For You project is a collaborative initiative that hopes to bridge the gap between artist and audience. I have found, in my own practice and in the practice of others, that many works made by artists tend to be self-referential or telling of a personal narrative. Even in extremely formal and conceptual works, it is impossible to remove every sense of the artist’s history; there will always be a remnant of the maker’s identity. And just as works cannot be purely objective, neither can critiques or interpretations – all audiences carry their own personal histories, which inevitably come up when they are interpreting a work. These voices, that of the artist and that of the audience, are equally present in any work of art as they are the contributing voices to the conversation that the piece provokes; the intent of the artist and the interpretation of the audience are not opposing forces, but rather the two voices required for a dialogue. However, these two forces are still separate and unique.

The main purpose of the For Me / For You project is to experiment and play with the constant conversation between artist and audience, and see how it can be used to create art. Rather than having a dialogue, the finished product helps to bridge the gap by merging these two voices. The works created out of the For Me / For You project are collaborative works that are equal parts artist and equal parts audience.

The process of generating these works begins by the receiving of submissions. I have chosen to use my body as the catalyst for producing these works. As such, all works I produce will, in some way, be of a performative nature. Despite this, any and all submissions are encouraged – whether it be a set of actions, a script, a prompt for a performance, an idea for an intervention, a poem, a word, an image, etc. The artwork that I produce out of this project is entirely dependent on the submissions I receive, and will be split into two categories: For Me and For You.

I will be directly performing a selection of the submissions I receive – they will be referred to as For Me pieces, as these are the scripts that have been submitted for me to act out. If, for example, I end up choosing a submission that asks me to recite the alphabet while balancing a dictionary on my head, I will do just that.

However, I will also use some of the prompts I receive to create entirely new works that act as responses to the given prompts – they will be referred to as For You pieces, as they are direct responses to a selection of the scripts I have received. For example, rather than reciting the alphabet, I might make a piece that questions the purpose of language in a given society. That is to say, the For You pieces are responses rather than reproductions of the submissions.

Despite the two categories, it is important to understand that these individual works are still equal parts artist and audience. Though one may argue that my exact acting out of a prompt in a For Me piece is more viewer than maker, it is important to realize that I am still, in some way, bringing my own content and history into the submission when performing it. Similarly, just because the For You pieces are responses to submissions, it does not mean they are my own works. Each For You piece is entirely dependent on the submission of the audience; furthermore, I always choose to maintain certain elements of the submission present in the finished work.

The purpose of this project is not to eliminate the gap between the artist and the audience, nor is it to enforce it. The For Me / For You project seeks to create works of art out of that conversation, works that will be direct products of the never-ending dialogue between both parties. The finished artworks are purely collaborative works between myself and those that send in submissions. They are as much for me as they are for you.

Submission details

For Me Archive

For You Archive

Promotional Images

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Promotional image for the For Me / For You series (more info here).
Luis Mejico.

For You: Impression. 2014. Performance. 

From the For Me / For You series (more info here).

Video edited by Ava Threlkel.

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