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
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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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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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