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

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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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!
 

 

We are honored to announce Slanguage is one of the five Made in LA finalists nominated for the Mohn Award! The winner of a popular vote receives a $100,000 prize.

Please help us win by voting for Slanguage at the polls. How do you vote, you ask?

There are four steps:

  1. Grab your photo ID card. A CA drivers license, CA ID, or school ID card is perfect.
  2. Have your email address at hand. Sign up for an email address here if needed.
  3. Register to vote at the Hammer Museum, LAXART, or the LA Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park with you photo ID and email address.
  4. Vote on-site or online from now to Sunday, August 12.

Make sure to share a photo of you voting on our Facebook page. We thank you for all of your love and support over the years. We hope to see you at one of our events at LAXART this summer.

 

The time has come and it will be on and popping this summer as Slanguage takes over LAXART starting this weekend! In honor of the take over we are celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Slanguage opening its doors to the community and art world. Mario Ybarra jr and Karla Diaz started their vision in 2002 as young artists out of graduate school. Their creative space not only been a foundation for them, but a stepping stone for many emerging local artists to discover their talents.
Slanguage has came a long way since 2002 we have seen and been though goodtimes and bad, but we managed to stay afloat with the support of all the resident artists, visiting artists and community.
Please take the time and support 10- years of hard work for all the artists who have helped us make this happen. “This is a takeover” will feature what Slanguage has done best. It will showcase 10-years of art archives, programming, work-shops, performances and much more!

Public Opening

Saturday, June 2, 2012
12 p.m to 3 p.m.
2640 S. La Cienega
Los Angeles, CA 90034
310-559-0166

Mural by the 777 crew

 

Karla Diaz's Hands On Billboard Throwing up the "W" our Slanguage Hometown

Check out the programming for the summer below

THIS IS A TAKEOVER! A 10-YEAR SURVEY OF SLANGUAGE

Internationally renowned artists’ collective Slanguage will activate LA><ART throughout the duration of the exhibition. Alongside a public billboard project, a new mural on LA><ART’s facade, and an interactive installation documenting 10 years of the collective’s projects, Slanguage will host public programs, events, and performances that will give audiences access to its pedagogical process of artistic creation. Please note that some programs require an RSVP.

 

SLANGUAGE JR. ART WORKSHOPS

SAT | JUNE 16 | 12–2PM | RSVP BY JUNE 9

SAT | JULY 21 | 12–2PM | RSVP BY JULY 14

SAT | AUG 4 | 12–2PM | RSVP BY JULY 28

Led by different contemporary artists from Los Angeles, these three workshops will provide a dynamic opportunity for children and youth ages 5 to 13 to make their own works of art in a wide variety of media. From collages and painting to sculpture and installation, these workshops bring young audiences and artists together for a family friendly arts education experience. RSVP required.

 

ARTISTS ANONYMOUS GROUP MEETINGS

WED | JUNE 27 | 7–8:30PM | RSVP BY JUNE 20

WED | JULY 25 | 7–8:30PM | RSVP BY JULY 18

WED | AUG 15 | 7–8:30PM | RSVP BY AUG 8

Organized and moderated by Slanguage, these discussion forums for artists will be structured around distinct themes, creating a space for creative practitioners to discuss some of the most pressing personal and professional issues facing contemporary artists today. These discussion forums will serve as safe spaces for candid conversations and are open to artists only. RSVP required.

 

NEW UPDATE****

World’s Worst Words II [WWWII] an evening of spoken word, music and performance featuring guest artists from some of Los Angeles’ most dynamic and creative organizations including; Deondri Ruff _ Homeboy Industries, Jael Williams _ Homeland Cultural Center, Jumakae _ Duende and One Imagination, Rolando Riggio _ 826LA, Venessa Marco _ Da Poetry Lounge,  Jessica Cornejo _ Heart and Soul and Inner-City Arts,  Shonowa Villalobos _ Ell@s,  and DJ Emilio Venegas Jr. _ Wilmington Enrichment Community Artist Network(WECAN).

Curated by Slanguage, with production support by Mario Davila from LAartlab, WWWII is part of a 10-year history of Slanguage events supporting creative collaborations.

FRI | JULY 20 | 7–10PM

7:00 – 8:00           DJ Set

8:00 – 9:00           Spoken Word

9:00 – 10:00         Performance and Music

 

SLANGUAGE TEEN ART COUNCIL’S

TEEN ARTS SUMMIT

SAT | AUG 11 | 11AM–5PM

Slanguage’s Teen Arts Council organizes a citywide summit for teen arts leaders involved in myriad arts education programs throughout Los Angeles County. During this symposium-like event, teens will share programmatic ideas, discuss the challenges of organizing youth arts programs, share experiences, and form networks for possible future collaborations.

SLANGFEST 2

SAT | AUG 25 | 11AM–6PM

12PM | BASS ELEGY/DEVIL’S NIGHT (FOR M.K.)

The second annual Slangfest is a daylong festival of art workshops, music, and performances. Art activity booths will host family workshops while a lineup of performances including break-dancing and live bands takes the stage. Food trucks will be present during the event. At noon, Scott Benzel and Mark Hagen will fit a wrecked car with a custom pyramidal bass cabinet and play a mix of Ghettotech, Booty bass, and early Detroit Techno as well as a live original composition through it. Incorporating both a dense mix of sound to create extreme vibrations and slow compositions using live musicians, Bass Elegy/Devil’s Night (for M.K.) is an elegy to one of our city’s most influential and pioneering artists, Mike Kelley.

 

The show will be running until September 2, 2012

Make sure to pick up a brochure to check out all the other artists in all 4 locations or check out the website

Also for those with Iphones download a Made In LA sound map for FREE

http://www.madeinla2012.org/

 

Hope to see you all there!

 

DJ

 

Slanguage Welcomes PHD candidate, Historian, Curator Xochitl Alejandra Munguia from Mexico City who has been in residency at Slanguage Studio,helping to archive, research and document the work of Slanguage . She will be in residency until the beginnining of next year. More information on her,  her written articles and links soon to come!

SlangA.I.R. is proud to present:

“What the Palm tree knows…”

Saturday Nov 12, 2011

7pm-10pm

paintings by Carlitos “Brillante” Madrigal

music performance  by Chicago artist Conrad Feinburg

Window project by graffiti artist Ana Sosa A.K.A “Femi Illest”

“What the Palm Tree Knows” is local artist/musician Carlitos “Brillante” Madrigal   first solo show featuring paintings on palm trees inspired by a personal narrative.  His paintings work as sculptural pieces in which he captures the emblematic portraits of people in his neighborhood and landscapes taken from Mexican and American history books.

Live Performance by Chicago artists/musician Conrad Feinsburg who was Raised in Quincy IL, on the Mississippian artery of music, Conrad blends a traditional folk sound with experimental and improvisational music. His music is rooted in internal processes of examination and external processes of exploration. For the Launch of his tour he will be setting up the Pod of Absence and playing selections from his new album “The Undecagon”

Ana Sosa “Femi Illest” is a teen Graffiti artist from East Los Angeles.