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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WED | JULY 25 | 7–8:30PM | LAXART
RSVP ASAP to SlanguageRSVP@laxart.org

Slanguage presents the second installment of the Artists Anonymous series during This is a Takeover! A 10 Year Survey of Slanguage, the current exhibition at LAXART for Made In L.A. 2012. This meeting led by artists Christopher Reynolds and Christina Sanchez will attempt to tackle issues of food politics through the language of art. Along with artist presentations and in-depth conversations over food, participants will be given the opportunity to share their thoughts, questions, and concerns for this ever-present topic within the current contemporary art discourse.

Artist presentations: Christopher Reynolds, Christina Sanchez, & Sarah Beadle

Special Guest: Mariana Huerta (Policy Coordinator) of the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Los Angeles

Images: (left) Christopher Reynolds, Conversation Proposal , 2011
(right) Christina Sanchez, Break/Pausa: Two Performance Scores, 2012

 

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Take a peek at You Are Breathing In It! Alternative Art Practices, curated by Karla Diaz, at the Riverside Art Museum if you didn’t make it out to the opening last week.

 

 
Please join us to celebrate Slanguage’s 10-year anniversary at LAXART this weekend! There will be a free art exhibition tour by Slanguage artists, an art workshop, and food at LAXART from 11am – 2:30pm.
 
If transportation is needed, a bus will pick up community members this Saturday, July 21 between 9:30-10:15am at the studio and it will return by 3pm. IMPORTANT: Please RSVP to Karla Diaz at info@slanguagestudio.com by this Friday as there is limited bus seating.
 
Many thanks to the LA City Council District 15, Joe Buscaino, and Adrian Veliz for all their support!
 
TO VOTE: Bring your CA or school ID. Also, you need an email address. We can help with this if you don’t, but it’ll be helpful if you do.
 
See you there!
 

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Dang, even Reggie the Alligator is at the polls voting Slanguage!

He made sure to bring his CA ID card and his email address to register to vote. Don’t forget yours!


Slanguage’s ‘take-over’ of LA><ART has been a great success  since its opening last month. Along with great reviews from the LA Times and other media sources, we are also honored to be in the running for the Mohn Award! Hard work pays off — and with the wonderful team of resident artists and supporters, we are continuing to see a brighter future.

In addition, it’s important for us at Slanguage to spotlight those  artists who have helped create the visual images throughout the years. Right now, we’ like to recognize the three artists who painted the mural that is beautifully laid out on the  front of the LA><ART building. The artists involved in the creation of this mural titled Peace in Wilmas are Mario “Dred” Lopez, Mario “Autoe” Cuen and Raul “Spew” Vasquez. I got a chance to find out more about the mural and their work.

More after the jump.

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Now, Mario Ybarra, Jr. talks about Slanguage, our programming,  and a couple of reasons why to vote Slanguage for the Mohn Award.