MAMx Presents Slanguage: Chicos Pero Locos at LA><ART
MAMx provides an opportunity for MAM to broaden its curatorial, artistic & educational reach. Its inaugural exhibition is Slanguage: Chicos Pero Locos. Slanguage: Chicos Pero Locos opens in W Hollywood then makes its way to San Antonio (dates TBA). Los Angeles-based internationally-known artist-run collective Slanguage Studio honors California-based artists in Chicos Pero Locos which plays with the traditional meaning of this colloquial Spanish phrase valuing artistic quality over quantity. In true with their nature, & emphasizing the value of marginalized narratives, small independent artists & collectives, Slanguage artists chose to use a variety of mediums to explore their individual practice. A multi-faceted, diverse age group of artists made up of senior artists & younger generations of art students, they touch upon issues of identity, the urban environment & personal histories.
Chicos Pero Locos Artists: Valerie J. Bower, Karla Diaz, Mickey Lee Everett, Daniel Gibson, Cynthia Lujan, Monica A. Martinez, Felix F. Quintana, Gloria Sanchez, Marlene Tafoya, Eris De La Torre & Mario Ybarra Jr.. Chicos Pero Locos will exhibit from June 4-July 9 in W Hollywood then travel to San Antonio (dates TBA). Artwork will be on sale & proceeds benefit the artists, MINI ART MUSEUM & Slanguage Studio.
I am Derek Prado and I have watched, and analyzed the 3 following videos: In Thought, Total Babez and Que Planeta Tan Feroz. In Thought, by Francisco Mojica: The video starts off with a young adult male sitting on the chair with a cigar on his right hand and a spotlight on him. The video then had a computer generated voice that questions why it should feel happy or not, and if it would need to take medication to be happy. The video repeats the same script, yet it feels as though the male is constantly staring at the viewer emotionless instead of it as a loop. It is very ominous the more time passes and yet peaceful till the male then fades away.2. Total Babez, By Jeannette Viveros: This video is all script and the viewer would have to engage with the video by reading what the script says, but it is more effective to read it in the viewers thoughts because once the viewer does the video will impact the viewer. The video starts with a story of a few roommates being introduced, then the story has a change of tone to being about a woman that was visiting the doctor and it did not goes as planned as he thought. While the characters in the story are read to be shocked or concerned so does the viewer as if they were there. Also the viewer would imagine the whole scenario in their mind and see the scenario play out as they read it. It is very interesting how it grabs the viewer and makes the menage with the video rather than just watching it.3. Que Planeta Tan Feroz, By Romana Vera: The video mainly has a woman going through her nightly routine of showering, changing, and going to bed,and the video shows different perspectives of the room while the room has a video projection of nature on the walls and furniture. This has a strong impact due to how the vibe of the woman’s nightly routine is simple juxtaposition of the nature video being played out that shows how powerful and amazing nature is in comparison. The video clearly shows the difference of an indoor vibe and the outdoor vibe that makes the viewer observe the nature of the video than where that nature is being shown in.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.