Response to “Poetic License” by Simon Schorno
The life of Manazar Gamboa is documented and acted out in this film, “Poetic License”, to show the culture and background he came from. Which later, influenced his choices to become a poet and playwright provoking a platform for a stance on social problems, along with giving back to his community through student outreach programs. The film itself captured the essence of Gamboa by giving small flashbacks of significant childhood memories to  exaggerated ones, while simultaneously introducing his black and white organic image. Attached to his childhood stories is a behind the scene history of the displacement of the Chavez Ravine, Gamboa’s community, by the Dodger stadium. The film revolves around this problem that struck down his community and provides the audience with a sense of guilt for not knowing the effect of a consumerism based sport.
Article by Eris De La Torre

“With Flare” embodies the nature that surrounds my community in WilmingtonCalifornia. For myself this body of work could not have hit any closer to home. Thelocations of these photographs were all taken within a one-mile radius from thehome I grew up in. The inevitable issue that comes to mind as I sit with this body ofwork is environmental racism. Environmental racism is real and it is an underliningissue that has and continues to affect the health and well being of my community.What I find interesting about the flares in these images are how subtle yet profoundthey are being represented. To those who are not surrounded by the flareseveryday, the statures of the flares become grand. But, when you live with themeveryday like myself, they’re like another piece of gum on the sidewalk. We tend togive them no attention, that’s up until you step on a piece and ruin your newzapatos. The question I’m left with as I wrap up my response is, how many zapatosdo we really have to ruin until we get mad at the real problem?
Article by Marlene Tafoya

Slanguage Studio is currently featuring the Kianga Ford Library. I thought it was interesting to see books varying from the perspective as a student and a teacher. A few themes highlighted through the collection are contemporary social identity, psychology, photography and feminist art theory. Book titles which piqued my interest were “Work Ethic” by Helen Molesworth, “Subjection & Subjectivity” by Diana Tietjens Meyers and “Sexuality in Western Art” by Edward Lucie-Smith.  There is also a record collection that is meant to be played whilst lounging in the gallery space reading a book.

Article by Cynthia Lujan

 

Buzzing sounds echoes through Slanguage Studio here at LA><ART due to Los Angeles based artist James Berson with his two dual sided artwork neon-sign and painting boxes called “Elvis 2″. These two boxes are similar but different. One box is jammed packed with green uppercase Spanish words versus the other box is filled with pink upper case English words when you see them from outside of Slanguage Studio. Words brightly shine into the space below, glowing for attention to understand what it reads. When you try to read the contexts within each boxes, they don’t really make sense. I was stuck trying to figure out, what it all meant. But once I read it straight, skipping to the next color and language box, the phrase repeating itself differently, the statement becomes clearer. “ELVIS HA DEJADO EL BUILDING BUT THE EDIFICIO SIGUE ALLI”. Being bilingual I was able to understand. Berson’s artwork is about American’s history of racial invisibility and marginalization. Acknowledging both similarities and differences is intentional in this piece.

Article by Monica A. Martinez

 

“Pura Chachara: The Bike-B-Q” by Talk is Cheap: Unincorporated Language Laboratories (Silvia Mantilla and Matthew Wollin) consisted of, artist Silvia Mantilla, cruising around different parts of Los Angeles, on a bike.  She spoke to different people on the street and asked them to tell her a story of a time in which they misunderstood or misinterpreted a situation or dialogue due to misinterpretation of the language.  In exchange for the story, Mantilla would give the story teller homemade arepas (Colombian corn patties).  This video was followed up by a second video called “Si Se Ha Vivido Bien!”, by Talk is Cheap: Unincorporated Language Laboratories (Silvia Mantilla, Cata MariaElena Elisabeth, Christian Guiñanzaca, and Bill Jannen).  The second video consisted of a male narrator speaking in Spanish and telling the story of how his mother grew up in a valley that had a river, and later she moved away. He follows up the story by mentioning that he himself as a kid was a sick child, he grew up without a father and ten years later he reunited with him.  The narrator also  speaks about cancer and death, this is a video that talks about the relationships of life and how no one really knows in which direction we are going or where we will end up, the question the artist seems to ask is whether or not we have lived good.  The second video seems to be a statement and reflection about life while the first video seems to touch up on the subject of language barriers.  Both videos touch up on the idea of migration and the immigrant community, as well as the miscommunication between people.

Article by Angel Franco

Karla Diaz has published Prison Gourmet. This is a recipe cookbook and documentation of performances in which she makes prison recipes that were sent to her by inmates from California. These alternative recipes are often notable expressions of freedom, collaboration, comradeship and creative ways of food consumption. An activist, artist and writer, Diaz uses the form of a cooking book to invite readers and the public to engage. These books are limited edition, and are for sale printed on demand. For more info please emails us at: info@slanguagestudio.com

2013 was a busy year for Slanguage and Third World Creative Studio. Mario Ybarra Jr., Karla Diaz, and the Slanguage team worked hard to make things happen throughout the year. In addition, changes occurred in 2013  with Slanguage Studio closing its doors after 12 years in the  community of Wilmington. With creativity it was just time to  move on to the next chapter with Third World Creative Studio. The idea of Third World Creative for or Mario Ybarra Jr., and Karla Diaz  was to expand into a bigger space and focus on a different idea and vision. This blog series will re-cap all the projects Slangauge and Third World produced along with interviews and media for the first part of the year.

January 2013

Double Feature, Honor Fraser Gallery

First gallery exhibition in Los Angeles for Mario Ybarra Jr. after six years

 

Snippet from Honor Fraser Press Release

Honor Fraser is pleased to present Double Feature, a solo exhibition by Wilmington, California based artist Mario Ybarra Jr. This is his first exhibition with the gallery.

Over the past decade, Ybarra has developed a practice centered around storytelling. With an eye and ear for the elements of an engaging narrative, accompanied by healthy doses of wit, Ybarra crafts portraits of people, places and communities that are resonant and universal while rooted in the specific. Using the objects and materials that he finds around him and his subjects, he translates personal stories into resonant and multilayered installations that seamlessly blend the languages of art and life. Often, the installations relate the overlooked or unacknowledged; particularly, the lives and dreams of his family, childhood friends, and colorful personalities that make up his community. He makes connections to these local tales for global audiences far from Wilmington, often by relating these individual stories refracted through lenses such as mass media and popular culture… Read more

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“All I want is one last dance!!. Hope you can come and join us.This Saturday January 18, 2014  we close the doors to our space home for 12 years. 5-10pm…we give the space over to performances, music and stories…a blank canvas.”

The space we held for 12 years will soon be gone, but we will still continue to do what we love. A new journey and new memories to be made.

This summer get your walking shoes ready as Slanguage plans to introduce a series of walking tours in Wilmington. The first of its kind will be the “Wilmington Ghost Tour.” This won’t be your ordinary tour but an exciting walking tour featuring hood stories, urban legends, murders and ghosts mixed in with the rich historical history of Wilmington.

A few highlights include:

  • Wilmington Historical Cemetery’s famous and not so infamous dead
  • Ghost train bridge
  • Dead homie’s tree etchings
  • Banning Mansion ghosts
  • Family murders revealed
  • L Street: The most murderous street in Wilmington
  • Creepy architecture
  • Hunted cement factory
  • Drum Barracks ghosts and much more!

 

Feedback from those who might be interested in joining this and future tours of Wilmington please email your inquiries to  info@slanguagestudio.com.  Also keep posted for future tour dates on the blog and Facebook page.

Background of Tour Project: A few years ago Slanguage did a set of personal tours called “Tourist in my Own City” featuring improv tours of Pico Union and Boyle Heights. Those tours have served as an inspiration to create and host a new series of public tours in our own city. In addition, Mario Ybarra, Jr. and Karla Diaz  have experienced a variety of tours on their travels around the county which furthered the want for Slanguage to create tours at home.

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