August 26, 2013

Mario Ybarra, Jr. Press Release


Mario Ybarra, Jr.: Books Of Drawings, Beyond Our Dreams,

Blame Our Dads, Brains On Drugs, Better off Dead

August 30—Fall 2013

On view from August 30—Fall 2013
Reception: First Friday, October 4, 6:00–8:00 pm
Press & Members Preview: Artist talk by Mario Ybarra, Jr. at 5:30 pm
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The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is pleased to debut an exhibition of new work by artist-in-residence Mario Ybarra, Jr., titled Books Of Drawings, Beyond Our Dreams, Blame Our Dads, Brains On Drugs, Better Off Dead, on view from Friday, August 30th through Fall 2013. On First Friday, October 4th, FWM will host a Reception for Ybarra, Jr.’s show, from 6:00–8:00 pm, as well as a Press & Members Preview, that will feature an Artist Talk beginning at 5:30 pm.
Mario Ybarra, Jr.‘s sculpture, installations, and community-based projects examine the perspective and cultural touchstones of Mexican-Americans living in Southern California. Ybarra, Jr. strives to cultivate an “open dialogue with the public”—whether as aware participants or unassuming onlookers—in his work, including his socially-engaged artist group Slanguage, which he co-founded with Karla Diaz in 2002 in Wilmington, California.
A major part of Ybarra, Jr.’s work involves examining hidden histories of U.S. street culture through large-scale, mixed media installations. His collaboration with FWM serves as a vehicle for telling a creative, visual narrative of Ybarra, Jr.’s former street crew, established 23 years ago in 1990. Similar to the exhibition’s title, the crew’s name—identified by Ybarra, Jr.’s first graffiti tag, B.O.D.—can stand for many things and inspires many components of the FWM installation, such as wallpaper, jackets, a scarf, and sketchbooks. These artworks are housed within fragmented architectural structures that, when combined, can form a large shipping container, a common industrial sight at the Los Angeles Port, which is located close to Wilmington, California, where Mario Ybarra, Jr. was born and raised. At FWM, these structures simultaneously serve as an urban clubhouse, a museum, and pop-up shop.
Funding for this project is provided by National Endowment for the Arts and LLWW Foundation, and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM).
About the Artist
Mario Ybarra, Jr. (b. 1972, Wilmington, CA) received an MFA from the University of California, Irvine (2001) and a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles (1999). Recent solo exhibitions include Double Feature at Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles (2013); Mario Ybarra Jr.: The Tio Collection at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (2012); Wilmington Good at the Cardi Black Box, Milan, Italy (2011); Silver and Blacks at Michael Janssen Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2010); Take Me Out…No Man Is An Island at the Art Institute of Chicago (2008); and Black Squirrel Society at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York (2008). Ybarra, Jr. has been included in such group exhibitions as Made in L.A., the Los Angeles Biennial organized by the Hammer Museum in collaboration with LAXART (2012); Invisible Cities at the Instituto Cervantes, Madrid, Spain (2010); the Whitney Biennial, New York (2008); Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles (2008); Prague Biennale 3 in Prague, Czech Republic (2007); The World as a Stage at the Tate Modern, London, UK, as well as the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2007); the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach (2006); and Alien Nation at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK (2006).
In 2002, Mario Ybarra, Jr. and Karla Diaz founded Slanguage, a socially-engaged artist group headquartered in Wilmington, CA, who practice a three-pronged approach to art-making based on art education, community building, and the production of interactive exhibitions and performance projects. Slanguage organized Possible Worlds: Mario Ybarra, Jr., Karla Diaz, and Slanguage Studio Select from the Permanent Collections in collaboration with Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Watts House Project, Los Angeles (2011).
Ybarra, Jr.’s work is held in such esteemed collections as the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the Eileen and Peter Norton Foundation, Santa Monica. He has been awarded a Levitt Fellowship at Williams College, Williamstown, MA (2008); an Artist Residency at the Arhus Kunstbygning Centre for Contemporary Art in Denmark (2011); and an Artist-in-Residence at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), Philadelphia (2011-2013). Mario Ybarra, Jr. lives and works in Wilmington, CA, and is represented by Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York and Hong Kong.
Also on View
Selections from the Permanent Collection, June 22, 2013–Fall 2013
At FWM's New Temporary Contemporary, 1222 Arch, work by former FWM Artists-in-Residence, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Sidney Goodman, Donald Lipski, Tom Marioni, Jean Shin, and Carrie Mae Weems.
Sarah Sze, Friday, December 13, 2013–Sunday, April 6, 2014
For Sarah Sze’s residency, FWM will organize the first major solo exhibition of her work in the Philadelphia-area and will produce an accompanying scholarly publication. The artist creates immense and intricate site-specific works that are akin to drawings in space, manipulating architectural space to profoundly affect the way it is viewed. Sze represented the United States in the 2013 Venice Biennale.
Funding for this exhibition is provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, National Endowment for the Arts, and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM).
About The Fabric Workshop and Museum
The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is the only museum of its kind, offering internationally renowned artists the resources to create new work in experimental materials. Artists come from all media—including sculpture, installation, video, painting, ceramics, and architecture—and use FWM’s facilities and technical expertise to create works of art that they could not create on their own. Research, construction, and fabrication occur on-site in studios that are open to the public, providing visitors with the opportunity to see works of art from conception to completion. FWM’s permanent collections include not only complete works of art, but also material research, samples, prototypes, and photography and video of artists making and speaking about their work. Access to the creative process provides visitors with a point of entry into understanding challenging works of contemporary art. FWM offers an unparalleled experience to those young and old, including the most significant artists of our time, students, and the general public.
The programs of The Fabric Workshop and Museum are supported by Agnes Gund; Amy Stone, Art Ancora; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; The Arcadia Foundation; The Barra Foundation; Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation; Claneil Foundation; The Dedalus Foundation, Inc.; Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation; E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation; Edna W. Andrade Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation; The Honickman Foundation; Independence Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services; The Judith Rothschild Foundation; Knight Foundation; LEF Foundation; LLWW Foundation; Longwood Plantation Foundation, Inc.; Louis N. Cassett Foundation; Mondriaan Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; New Millennium Charitable Foundation; The New York Community Trust; Nimoy Foundation; Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative; The Philadelphia Cultural Fund; PNC Foundation; PNC Arts Alive; Public Funds from the Netherlands Cultural Service; The Quaker Chemical Foundation; Samuel S. Fels Fund; Individual Trustee Discretionary Grant, of the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation; Uplands Family Foundation; and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.
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