PROTECT ME FROM MYSELF | GOGY ESPARZA

New York-based artist Gogy Esparza releases his new book Protect Me From Myself today in the US, with the publication part of an artwork (paired with video) documenting the harsh reality of human emotion and therefore, life.

Protect Me From Myself  is a completely honest documentary of the artists life. With images all shot on iPhone, the artist is roaming, looking for every hint of purity. With all his work, but especially with this book, Esparza finds things that express human emotion. How dark and lost one can be, how hard and cold reality is, how we try to hide our ugliness with vanity, and how the ugliness bears more truth. He holds on to the light, romance, fantasies and obsessions, and doesn’t let them go, seducing the viewer in the same way the streets or darkness do to him. Esparza is highlighting hypocrisy and contradictions, facing them and dissecting what’s wrong with them, with us, with everyone. With references to Latino/hood culture, the entire book has a very New York/East Coast feel.

The accompanying video to the book is compiled from clips Esparza has taken on his iPhone and Blackberry over the past year or so, stating “everything is honest and unstaged”. Woven together with his footage are some sonic and visual references to The Godfather80 Blocks From Tiffany’sThe FirmBelly, Diego Velázquez, and Menace II Society.

The artists video link /  http://www.xvideos.com/video18484039/protect_me_from_myself

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Published by Richardson Magazine.

The book will be available at the Richardson Shop on 325 Broome Street in NYC and at the  LA ART BOOK FAIR this February 12-14th at the Museum Of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

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www.gogyesparza.com

http://www.richardsonshop.com