SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017    Andy Jllien Fine Art, Zürich: Recent Work
2016    Gian Enzo Sperone, Sent: Trevor Guthrie Charcoal on Paper curated by Gian Enzo Sperone
2011    Barbarian Art, Zürich: "Bling" The Leon Battista Alberti Suite
            Claire Oliver Gallery, NYC: Another Sputnik Moment
2008    MV Art Projects, Zürich: "The Finished Drawing"
2007    Galerie Andy Jllien, Zürich: "The War on Cheer-leading"
2006    McCaig-Welles Gallery, Brooklyn: "Wo die Sterne schlafen"
            Galerie Ficher-Rohr, Basel: "Charcoal on Paper"
            Galerie Andy Jllien, Zürich: "Charcoal on Paper"
2005    Galerie Andy Jllien, Zürich: “Works on Paper”


GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017    Flatlanders Studio, Winnipeg: "Jus Toyin`Around" curated by Douglas Lewis
2016    Gian Enzo Sperone, Sent: "Opere dagli anni`60 a oggi" with N. Vital, J. Schnabel, A. Boetti & others
            Berry Cambell, NYC: "Something"  curated by Noah Becker
2015    Häusler Contemporary, Zürich: Collector`s Choice: Andy Jllien "My Shoes Are Your Shoes"
2014    NY Studio Gallery, NYC: "Hotter than July" curated by Savannah Spirit
            Silquai55, Zürich: "Apropos"
2013    Dienstgebäude, Zürich "Catch of the Year"
            Barbarian Art, Zürich: Bazaar
            Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, NYC: "Sketchy"
2012    Untitled Projects, Los Angeles: America Eats Youth curated by Noah Becker
            Galerie Römerapotheke, Zürich: Kunstkampf
2011    Museo Domus Artium, Salamanca, ESP: "El Fin de la Historia y el Retorno de la Pintura Histórica"
            curated by Paco Barragan
            Museum v. Moderne Kunst Arnhem, NL: “The End of History...and the Return of History Painting”
            curated by Paco Barragan
2010    Claire Oliver Gallery, NYC: "6° of Separation" curated by Noah Becker
            Dienstgebäude, Zürich "Catch of the Year"
2009    Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich: "Heads and Figures"
2008    Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich: "30 Jahre Braunbehrens"
2006    Galerie Staubkohler, Zürich: "Speed"
2003    GfaM, Berlin: MALEREI HOCH FÜNF
1994    Exposure Gallery, Vancouver: Polaroids
1989    Victoria College of Art Gallery, Victoria: Graduate Show


FAIRS
2017    Context New York: Twyla
2014    Scope Miami: Barbarian Art
            ArtInternational Istanbul: Barbarian Art
2013    Art Miami: Claire Oliver Gallery
            Art Hamptons: Claire Oliver Gallery
2012    Kunst Zürich: Barbarian Art
            VOLTA NYC: Solo with Barbarian Art
2011    Kunst Zürich: Barbarian Art
            Kunst Zürich: Galerie von Braunbehrens
2009    Kunst Zürich: Galerie von Braunbehrens
            NADA Miami: Whitehot Magazine
2008    Kunst Zürich: Galerie von Braunbehrens
            NADA Miami: Whitehot Magazine
            Scope Miami: Galerie Römerapotheke
2007    Scope Miami: Galerie Römerapotheke
2006    Scope Miami: Galerie Römerapotheke



BIBLIOGRAPHY
2016    "Trevor Guthrie Charcoal on Paper" Gian Enzo Sperone
             Noah Becker "Images & Ideas: Trevor Guthrie
2014    ON (issue 1) "Hotter Than July" Osman Can Yerebakan
            "New Baroque" Aaron Skolnick
2013    Walk the Line: The Art of Drawing Ana Ibarra & Marc Valli
2012    Issuu Magazine "Fuck in Art" Jennifer Young
            Ana Ibarra & Marc Valli "Big Drawing" Elephant Magazine U.K.
2010    Chloe Gallagher "Trevor Guthrie Interview" Curbs & Stoops Magazine
            Art of the Twentieth Century: 2000 and Beyond Contemporary Tendencies
            Paco Barragan "Neo-Modernity, Neo-Biennilism, Neo-Fairism"
2009    Noah Becker “Interview with Trevor Guthrie” Whitehot Magazine Volume 1
            Hans Joachim Müller “Heads & Figures” Galerie von Braunbehrens
2008    Hanne Weskott/Regina Frank “30 Jahre Galerie von Braunbehrens”
2006    Cosima Grohmann “Pope Fiction” Next Level U.K. Volume 5
            Tadeus Pfeiffer “Handyfoto in Kohle” BAZ Kulturmagazin




Trevor Guthrie works primarily in monochrome making large format charcoal
drawings. Guthrie makes his point through the re-presentation of found
photographs into larger than life renderings on paper. If contemporary
photographic practice produces photographs through an appropriation or
reinvestigation of painted masterpieces from the past, then Guthrie’s strategies
go towards the opposite. Trevor Guthrie employs photographic materials or
anything he discovers or deems useful towards his endgame. This process is less
the conceptually driven tactics of art historical research than a plundering of the
treasures inherent in our image-rich digital playground. This treasure is then
organized as a of visual diary pieced together through a system of discovered
truths. These truths are tempered by the artist’s experiences. Guthrie involves
himself with photographic source material that somehow connects to his
childhood yet strongly rooted in the morbidity of an adult awareness.
Guthrie has been exposed to artists working in a similar manner.Gerhard Richter’s
influence is apparent as is Francis Bacon and Edward Hopper. Trevor Guthrie has
combined his influences the way a DJ superimposes transparent layers of
curated sound thus achieving an original piece of music. Untitled, 2006 is taken
from a photograph of an air Canada plane on the runway with smoke billowing
from it’s cabin. Guthrie was raised in Canada which makes the drawing a visual
pun. The image’s horizontal strokes remind one of Francis Bacon’s paint handling
without pushing too far into Gerhard Richter’s visual language. Guthrie has
found a delicate balance with his method that avoids the traps of stylistic
imitation. A liberation from the trap of overt imitation is what sets these pictures
apart. When one first views a Guthrie drawing, there is an instant shock.  This
shock is the subconscious mind’s recognition that it is not a photograph being
experienced, but Guthrie’s capturing of the camera’s version of reality’s ghost.
This talent for finding the mysterious understructure of pictorial code is also the
inherent strength of Francis Bacon. Even the most mundane of subjects is infused
with meaning in this way. The sublime takes on the much more elusive forms such
as an apparition beneath the picture plane.
Guthrie’s drawing from 2004 entitled Myself on the no. 67 is a view of an empty
city bus seen from the back looking forward with a self portrait of the artist seen
sitting alone at the front right hand side of the bus interior. There is a sublime
reflective quality to the mirrored surfaces found in the bus interior. Light is
bouncing all through the stainless steel framework of the interior, an interior that
remains strangely lonely at the same time. The monadic artist with his back
turned from the viewer is reminiscent of Vermeer’s self portrait. Myself on the no.
67 could be seen as a contemporary Edward Hopper. As in Hopper, Guthrie has
the ability to inhabit that lonely urban interior space. This type of pictorial space
Guthrie inhabits is a deep perspective system heightened by dramatic
cinematic lighting for which charcoal on paper is a perfect medium.


© 2006 Noah Becker