On view Nov. 16, 2017-February 1, 2018
Artists’ reception Saturday, Dec. 2, 6 p.m.
A return to the theme of Audre Lorde’s Biomythography for another exhibition. The Currency Series investigates multiple forms of currency, in particular, cultural currency and the ways in which they are encoded and decoded in our contemporary culture. Artists in the exhibition engage in multi-media practices as a means of revealing and navigating cultural currency. Currency Exchange seeks to extend this investigation, opening up the conversation to a larger group of artists from the Los Angeles and Costa Rica who seek to juxtapose historical facts, life experience, pop culture, and mythology in ways that challenge, form and inform, art history, display, anthropology, identity, and ritual as well as personal, universal, and institutional perspectives and histories. A mutual thread that is emphasized in many works of both artists from Los Angeles and Costa Rica is the theme of gentrification and geographical movement and displacement and its effect on communities.
Placing emerging contemporary artists from Costa Rica and Southern California in context and dialogue under the framework of Biomythography, Currency Exchange provides a platform for emerging international and local artists to be in conversation-exchanging ideas, perspectives and meanings. Artists Include: Guillermo Bert, Audrey Chan, Christian Salablanca Diaz, Chuck Feesago, Mimian Hsu, Elisa Bergel Melo, Kim Morris, Albert Lopez Jr., Marton Robinson, Javier Estaban Calvo Sandi, and Glen Wilson. Curated by Chris Christion and Jessica Wimbley.
This exhibition was created to coincide with the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA Getty Initiative, which strives to draw out artistic connections between Latin America and Los Angeles. Image: Chuck Feesago, Filter, mixed media installation, dimensions variable, 2016. Photo credit: Todd Sharp.