New Clothes: Tanya Aguiñiga, Maria Maea, Marco Rios
855 N Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA 90029
Thursday, March 23 at 4:00 PM 7:00 PM
Ends May 2, 2023
Often masking our inner selves through the distraction of our exterior representation, how the world views us is filtered through our choices of sartorial distinction. Clothing is the message to constitute a self that consistently shifts to meet the needs. The artists in New Clothes look to materials and processes that are suggestive not only of corporeal forms, but figures linked to a history, place, and time. The materials in question go beyond their tactility; they are used as proxies, a means to approximate, if not adopt, identities. Evidence of a substitution initiated by the artists in New Clothes may infer the vestiges of displacements where one body is replaced for another. Tanya Aguiñiga’s anthropomorphic sculptures, mimicking a fleshy appearance, mark the gallery with quiet tension as they hang from loose cradles woven by the artist. Paying tribute to dignified voices through the use of plant culture and found materials, the work of Maria Maea draws upon multifaceted histories as sites of collective labor. Erstwhile, Marco Rios adopts personas and humor as a means to destabilize, or make sense of, the artist as catalyst. Displaying various methods of production, New Clothes needles the concern, for better or worse, that perhaps the body may not be enough.
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