Mano-Made: New Expression in Craft by Latino Artists
Consuelo Jimenez Underwood
December 2, 2017 – January 20, 2018
A trio of solo exhibitions by Mexican-Californian craft pioneers
Curated by Emily Zaiden, Craft in America Center Director
Craft in America will focus on the work of three individual artists: Jaime Guerrero, Gerardo Monterrubio, and Consuelo Jimenez Underwood. These artists who use craft to articulate messages about American culture, personal experiences, Latino identity and the ever-mutating socio-political tensions that exist in Los Angeles and California as a whole.
The third and final exhibition is a site-specific wall installation by acclaimed fiber artist Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, who was featured in Craft in America’s THREADS episode in 2012. Recently known for her series of large-scale depictions of geographic borderlines, Underwood instills new meaning into the cartological representation of various border states and American cities. Incorporating various fiber materials, found objects, wire and nails, she creates powerful works of dynamic beauty that spark discussion about the boundaries that define place and identity. Underwood’s art consistently reflects her personal tri-cultural perspective and fundamental belief in the interconnectedness of societies.
Selected students from Craft in America’s educational outreach program at Los Angeles public high schools will participate in a hands-on workshop with Underwood during the course of her show at the Center. Underwood will bring decades of college-level teaching experience to guide the students as they create, in Jimenez Underwood’s words: “an installation celebrating the inclusiveness of Latin American culture, where everyone thrives together.” The project will involve Underwood working with the students to create amulet-like spiritual embellishments for her border installation. The ethnic diversity of our partner schools will certainly be reflected in the installation.
This exhibition was part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.
Ghost Flowers from Undocumented Border Tracks created by Clinton Middle School Students: Jonathan Almeida, Ussiel Burgara, Deija Dukes, Consuelo Estrada, Joseph Gonzalez, Chrystina Gutierrez, Alexi Hernandez, Ruth Navarro, Alexander Orozco, Patricio Perez, Lea Pleitez, Jose Roman, Areli Rosado, Irving Toxtle, Stephanie Vasquez, Rocio Zapata. Power Wands from Undocumented Border Tracks created by Fairfax Magnet Center for Visual Arts Students: Anthony Aguilar, Karla Avalos, Millie Carillo-Reyes, Bryan Chavez, Cyrus Khoylow, Setareh Khoylow, Estephanie Molina, Natalie Neyman, Evelyn Vasquez, Aysia Yang, Vania Yescas. Created with assistance from Brenda Cruz and Sheila Rodriguez.
Photos by Madison Metro