Transparencies in Time: - CODAworx

Transparencies in Time:

Submitted by Jose Trejo Maya

Client: Jose Trejo Maya

Location: Baldwin Park, CA, United States

Completion date: 2023

Artwork budget: $10,000

Project Team

Visual Artist

Jose Trejo Maya

Jose Trejo Maya

Sculpture display

Kirkland Cultural Commission

Michelle Lustgarten


.:Transparencies in Time: Cuahpohualli embedded in ethnopoetic language poetry:.
The present visual art exhibition/installation proposal is both interactive and multidisciplinary. It’s a
multiphase comprehensive exposé on Mesoamerican lore and more specifically on a pre-Columbian
notion of time. Here, there would be three simultaneous and concurrent installations that center on
concrete poetry. All three will utilize plastic transparency films. In the 1st will be as titled above. While
the second installation is called Cyclones in the DNA2: Double Helix/Haiku Transparencies in [Space]
Time. In the 3rd, gallery and/or installation that will be titled Dream Images: TransparenXcies Pyramid
Shifts: 3D. In this these will delve into the realm of public art sculptures to be viewable for all. I am
interested in this opportunity to let contemporary society at large know that poetry is alive, and that the
oral tradition still lives, though it’s thought that this ancient culture is dead. In synthesis this can be both
an exhibition in a gallery and/or an installation of sculptures made with the two primary elements of
plastic transparency films and acrylic/plexiglass sheets in very specific shapes.


To create dialogue and literacy. Public art sculptures will be permanent and for all the community to see.


Commission will involve collaboration with entities and agencies to build three monumental sculptures and structures that will be in the façade of architectural buildings and locales,

Additional Information

He is a remnant of the Nahuatlacah oral tradition a tonalpouhque mexica, a commoner from the lowlands from a time and place that no longer exists. Born in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico, where he spent his childhood in the small rural pueblo of Tarimoró and wherefrom he immigrated in 1988. His inspirations include Netzahualcoyotl, Humberto Ak’abal, Ray A. Young Bear, James Welch and Juan Rulfo. While in ceremony with Chololo medicine men in the Tule River Reservation he dreamt this written prophecy…