Bay Area based artist Angelica Muro will be our third artist invited for our Slangair artist residency. She will be opening up her show, ” Packing Heat” this Saturday, September 11, 2010. Check out an interview with Angelica regarding her art and how she blends in powerful messages regarding women and their exposure and influences in media.
“Packing Heat” is a response to female representations in the media, specifically representations of the femme fatale in Mexican cinema, and how those images play into postmodern notions of gender identity and feminist theory… Angelica
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Q: Tell me a bit about your self and your background in art?
I am an artist and educator based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. I’m currently a full-time lecturer of integrated media and photography at California State University, Monterey Bay in the department of Visual and Public Art. I received a Masters in Fine Art degree from Mills College in 2005. Since graduate school, I’ve worked on a few gallery and museum commissions and exhibited nationally. I also co-founded an independent project space for emerging artists, Space 47, and have curated various independent projects.
Q: What is Space 47 and how did you become part of that organization?
Space 47 was an independent project space that was initiated to foster new ideas and experiences, support artistic exchange and development, and inspire a larger community of cultural entrepreneurs. I co-founded Space 47 with fellow artist, Binh Danh, in 2007 as a direct response to the need for an independent project space for emerging artists. The space was open from 2007-2009 during which time we produced about 20 solo exhibitions.
Q: How did you come up with the idea/theme for ” Packing Heat?”
Packing Heat is partly inspired by the Mexican action movies I watched as a young girl, and partly inspired by post feminist theory and more specifically symbols of empowerment.
Q: You mentioned Mexican Cinema and the women portrayed in it, I know usually we are more exposed to stereotypical examples like soldaderas, or adaleita type of characters( which I love), but what other women’s roles have you discovered in Mexican cinema?
There are may issues of misogyny within Mexican Cinema. If the heroine is characterized as “strong”, she is also (without variation) portrayed as sexy, scantily clad, and packing heat. In short, femme fatale depictions are often disguised as symbols of empowerment and equalization while paradoxically playing into a long standing culture of sexual objectification and violence against women.
Q: What types of media/art are you using for this exhibition?
“Packing Heat” is an installation comprised of drawings, photographs, and sculptural elements.
Q: What would you like to see or try out in the future with your art?
I’m interested in further exploring 3-D work.
Q: What is the ultimate message you would like to express with this exhibition or with any of your other works?
Mediated images within fan culture, tabloids, and negative representations of race and ethnicity are pernicious. We need to continually have a discourse that allows us to fully understand the impact media has on our society. My work attempts to contribute a language and accessibility to evaluate these issues.
Any last words or shout-outs…
A very heartfelt thank you to Karla Diaz and Mario Ybarra Jr. for their continued support and mentorship–truly an education of good will, courage and tenacity. Also a special shout-out to Slanguage artists Elizabeth Aguilar, Tony Lopez, Steve de la Torre, and Shonowa Villalobos for their tireless hard work and feedback.
Come support Angelica and Slanguage! Hope to see you there.
Opening ReceptionWhen: Saturday, September 11, 2010 Where: Slanguage Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m 640 N. Avalon Blvd. Wilmington, CA 90744 310.549.3527 Exhibition dates run thru 9-11-10 to 10-31-10
SLANGAIR (Artist in Residency)
This is the third exhibition as part of the Slanguage residency program, SLANGAIR (Artist in Residency), which annually invites artists from Wilmington, from California, including one from Los Angeles, a national artist, and an international artist to the studio. During their time at Slanguage, each artist builds a body of work to show at the studio’s gallery space and may or may not include teaching a workshop and leading a lecture or panel discussion.