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Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum presents Mario Ybarra Jr.: The Tío Collection and Bloom Projects: Annie Lapin, History =ing

Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, 653 Paseo Nuevo Downtown Santa Barbara

Opening Reception: 08/04/12 ;  Exhibition on view: 08/05 – 09/30

Mario Ybarra Jr.: The Tío Collection is a museological tribute to the artist’s family featuring objects collected by Ybarra Jr., his father and uncles. Considering institutional critique projects by Fred Wilson and others, Ybarra Jr. deconstructs the traditional display of art and artifacts in museums and posits a space for the Chicano experience within the framework of California and US history. Using his uncles as a lens, Ybarra Jr. explores the ways his family shaped his style and outlook. The works displayed shed light on our innate desire to collect, create, and aestheticize the world around us.
Annie Lapin’s artworks mine from a wide swath of art historical references and search for an intersection where image and memory become another material that the viewer experiences as non-verbally as paint and canvas. In History =ing, the very medium represents memory: the pigment on the canvas comes from the bottom of the artist’s own brush bucket. Lapin removed all other references to history, allowing the color remnants of her more elaborate historical paintings to run together. History becomes abstracted through this process, and is represented through physical material, rather than image.


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