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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.

 

Slanguage, Watts House Project, and architects Frank Escher + Ravi GuneWardena at opening

If you live in Los Angeles and haven’t made your way to LACMA this summer, make sure to do so this week.  Possible Worlds: Mario Ybarra Jr., Karla Diaz, and Slanguage Studio Select from the Permanent Collections ends September 25!

 

Possible Worlds connects a residency site in Watts, California with the LACMA collection and campus. In collaboration with LACMA and the Watts House Project, an artist-driven urban revitalization project centered around the historic Watts Towers, Ybarra, Diaz, and Slanguage, the artist’s team of collaborators, participated in a residency at the home of longtime residents of Watts, the Garcia family.

The exhibition component of this residency takes at its point of departure the legacy of Simon Rodia and the impulse to create alternative or possible worlds out of unconventional materials or according to unorthodox impulses. The installation features assemblage, folk art, vernacular graphics, images of the Watts Towers and art from the LACMA collection selected by Ybarra, Diaz, and the Slanguage Studio, as well as a newly commissioned sculpture by Ybarra that connects the public art works done at the Watts residency site with the LACMA campus.


But don’t take our word for it.  Here’s a review of Possible Worlds in the LA Times — and a video of Mario and Karla as featured on Unframed, LACMA’s blog.

Here are some photos of Co-founder Mario Ybarra Jr.’s art exhibition, “Wilmington Good” showcasing a multi-media installation of paintings, cranes and photos representing Wilmington in Milan Italy at the prestigious Cardi Black Box gallery opening Feb 24th, 2010. Best of Luck Mario! Thanks to Slanguage Crew that help make this to Tony Lopez and

Eric Marquez!

Read haudenschildGarage's article about Karla Diaz and Mario Ybarra, Jr.'s trip to Madrid for ARCO.  Click here!

 

Residents Rosario and Elizabeth Alvarez and Marybelle Flores with Artist Mario Ybarra, Jr.

 

Watts House Project kicked off the Founders Circle of Watts House Project on February 2nd.  We are collaborating with WHP alongside Escher GuneWardena Architecture for the Garcia family’s home – Casa Garcia.  Click here to read more and see the photos of the event!

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Co-founders Mario Ybarra, Jr. and Karla Diaz left this fair city for ARCO2010 in Madrid.  They have an installation and performance called Police and Thieves as part of Invisible Cities, curated by Kris Kuramitsu and Christopher Miles, at the Instituto Cervantes.  This installation, named after Junior Murvin's song "Police and Thieves," features the struggle between cops and robbers from both sides of Los Angeles' mean streets and displays all sorts of LAPD and bad guy sundries -- from LAPD complaint forms to prison ink drawings to beloved shanks.  Ybarra and Diaz's performance will follow the panel discussion on the 19th.  If you happen to be in Madrid, get your dose of Slanguage in España!