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Look Who’s Talking Now
June 23 - June 29
Opening: Sunday, June 23rd 6-10pm
Gallery Hours: Monday, June 24 – Saturday, June 29 12-6pm
Performances by Malinche and Figgy
DJ Set by Paxico Records
The more intricately connected that people are to one another, the more their ideas and projects appear to follow similar patterns. Look Who’s Talking Now focuses on painting as its principal medium and challenges homogeneity in an increasingly globalized world. By showcasing the work of artists based in Mexico City and Los Angeles, the exhibition proposes that the ability to share diverse perspectives not only helps dismantle cultural stereotypes but also encourages a revision to the ever-evolving definition of Latinx Art. The featured artists in this exhibition have roots in Mexico, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and El Salvador. Together they explore a variety of mediums and illustrate the wide range of interests and cultural influences in their work.
Look Who’s Talking Now begins by showcasing abstract works of art that allude to a historical break from hyper-realistic paintings, followed by works that portray universal archetypes such as family units, romantic relationships, as well as contemporary mass-media images like soccer teams and fashion brand logos. The exhibition then transitions into a unique selection of portraits depicting people who have played significant roles in the lives of the artists, including friends, classmates, and even strangers. Finally, the show concludes with experimental works that move away from the canvas altogether. The artists in the last section demonstrate color theories used in modern art, explore bodily fluids to create pigments, and experiment with interactive video work. As the viewer progresses through the exhibition, they will experience the disintegration of paintings that will evolve into more experimental works.
The exhibition suggests that globalization does not need to equal homogeneity and that the possibility to expand the definition of Latinx Art is endless. It views history as a living entity that requires constant reappraisal in order to present art that does not belong to a single genre or medium.
Featuring work by: Liza Feurtado, Bryan Valdez, Maria Fragoso, Angela Leyva, Marek Wolfryd, Francisco Palomares, Circe Irasema, Jackie Amezquita, Derek Holguin, Ginger Quintanilla, and Lauren D’Amato
Curated by Nahui Garcia