Jazmin Urrea

 

Imperishable, 2019
Acrylic sheet, Wood, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Concrete
Diameter: 30 ft
Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Los Angeles, CA

I Saw Red, 2018
Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Xerox prints
350 sq. ft
SADE, Los Angeles, CA

Allura Red, 2017
Flamin’ Hot Cheetos
Diameter: 20 ft
The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA

Red 40, 2017
Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos bags, Xerox prints of Rellerindos, Jabalina, and Dedos
22 ft x 10 ft
Studio Museum, New York, NY

Red 40, 2017
Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos bags, Xerox prints of Rellerindos, Jabalina, and Dedos
500 sq. ft
D301, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Imperishable, 2019
Acrylic sheet, Wood, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Concrete
Diameter: 30 ft
Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Los Angeles, CA

Red 40, Detail, 2017
Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos bags, Xerox prints of Rellerindos, Jabalina, and Dedos
500 sq. ft
D301, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Imperishable, Detail, 2019
Acrylic sheet, Wood, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Concrete
4 ft x 2 ft x 8 ft
Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Los Angeles, CA

I Saw Red, Detail, 2018
Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Xerox prints
350 sq. ft
SADE, Los Angeles, CA

I Saw Red, 2018
Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Xerox prints
350 sq. ft
SADE, Los Angeles, CA

Jazmin’s Quince Años, 2016
Life-size cutouts, wood, foam core, inkjet print, fabric, fringe,
225 sq. ft
Main Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Jazmin’s Quince Años, Las Damas, 2016
Life-size cutouts, wood, foam core, inkjet print, fabric, fringe,
225 sq. ft
Main Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Jazmin’s Quince Años, Los Chambelanes, 2016
Life-size cutouts, wood, foam core, inkjet print, fabric, fringe,
225 sq. ft
Main Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Jazmin’s Quince Años, La Quinceañera, 2016
Life-size cutouts, wood, foam core, inkjet print, fabric, fringe,
225 sq. ft
Main Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

El Vato, 2015
Inkjet print, life-size cutout, wood, spray adhesive, and foam core
36 in x 53 in
Watts, CA

La Chica Embarazada, 2015
Inkjet print, life-size cutout, wood, spray adhesive, and foam core
36 in x 53 in
Los Angeles, CA

El Borracho, 2015
Inkjet print, life-size cutout, wood, spray adhesive, and foam core
36 in x 53 in
Los Angeles, CA

La Hoochie, 2014
Inkjet print, life-size cutout, wood, spray adhesive, and foam core
36 in x 53 in
Los Angeles, CA

The Contemporary Diet, 2016 1920 × 1080 px Los Angeles, CA Duration: 00:44

 

Bombon, 2014 1920 × 1080 px Los Angeles, CA Duration: 02:08

 

 

 

I grew up in South Central Los Angeles, a disadvantaged area, a food desert and commonly referred to as the “hood.” I have shopped for groceries at liquor stores, currently work at a preschool in the “ghetto,” and spend my days around the projects. Growing up as a woman of color in South Central complicates things even further. In a chauvinistic male-dominated culture – my upbringing was centralized in keeping the man of the house happy. My sisters, mother, and my needs always came second and still do despite the demanding plight that everyday life lays heavily on the women of my community. My surroundings influence me, they form my identity and practice, serve as subject matter and inspiration.

While attending California State University, Long Beach for my undergraduate studies, I began to think critically about my perceptions of race, family, and upbringing, as well as what it all meant to be at the nexus of a community with a high poverty rate, unemployment, and inaccessibility to healthier foods. I started to utilize Photography as a tool to try to understand the internal as well as external factors that shape a woman of color’s identity. This action lead me to turn the camera towards myself and use myself as a performer to challenge the cultural pressures Latina’s and women face.

In my practice, I examine symbols and totems prevalent in Latino communities. I incorporate a broad range of mediums and familiar tropes in Latino culture to question negative stereotypes that are still predominant in society. I also use humor and the absurd as a disruptor to critique, perceptions, and preconceived notions people have about coming from low-income neighborhoods. These themes are portrayed through, but not limited to, autobiographical events, junk food, drawing, performance, self-portraiture, video, sculpture, and installation.

Jazmín Urrea

Education

2017 California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA – MFA in Photography and Media 2014 California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA – BFA in Photography

Minor: Human Resource Management

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018 I SAW RED, SADE, Los Angeles, CA

2017 Red 40, Gallery D301, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

2016 Jazmin’s Quince Años, Main Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

2014 Bombón, Dutzi Gallery, CSU Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 LetMeEatCake, BlueRoofStudios,LosAngeles,CA
Sleepless Quinceañera: The Music Center After Hours, The Music Center, Los Angeles, CA

2018 Corpo•real, Flatline, Long Beach, CA
Bar Oslo/Café Society #2, Los Angeles, CA LANGUAGE, L.A.W.S., Los Angeles, CA

2017 See What You Mean (Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA), The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA Fictions, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY
Insatiable Lingua, Flatline, Long Beach, CA
Homecoming, Public Storage LA, Los Angeles, CA

In the Red, Santa Clarita City Hall, Valencia, CA
Uncategorized, AR Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Clothing Optional, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
From Here to There, Gallery 202, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL Leftovers, Far Bazzar, Cerritos College, Cerritos, CA

The Clique, Lime Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2016 The Group Show, Main Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2015 QAC, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2014 Complex, Merlino Gallery, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

Insights, University Art Museum, Long Beach, CA

Command R, Werby Gallery, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA 2013 Insights, University Art Museum, Long Beach, CA

Public Art Commission

2019 IMPERISHABLE, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, CURRENT LA: FOOD TRIENNIAL Grants and Awards

2019 Public Art Commission: Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, CURRENT LA: FOOD TRIENNIAL 2017 Joan Ellis Scholarship in Photography, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia CA

Dean’s Reserve Grant, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

California Institute of the Arts Scholarship, Valencia CA
2016 Joan Ellis Scholarship in Photography, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia CA

California Institute of the Arts Scholarship, Valencia CA
Travel Grant, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
Bartman Grant for Photography and Media, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

2014 Selected for Juried Art Exhibition, “Insights,” University Art Museum, Long Beach, CA 2013 Selected for Juried Art Exhibition, “Insights,” University Art Museum, Long Beach, CA

Panels and Lectures

2019 CURRENT: LA FOOD, MMM!, Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Panelist
IMPERISHABLE TALK, Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Organizer and Panelist
WAA Conference Opening Plenary Call and Response, The Politics of Presence, JW Marriott Hotel, Response Speaker

2017 Gallery D301, Red 40, California Institute of the Arts, Gallery Talk
2016 Main Gallery, Jazmin’s Quince Años, California Institute of the Arts, Gallery Talk

Werby Gallery, Long Beach Alumni Artist Panel, California State University Long Beach, Panelist

Publications

2019 Sam Bloch, FROM ALGAE BARS TO FLAMIN’ HOT CHEETOS, CURRENT:LA FOOD…, Art In America. October 31

Catherine G. Wagley, What It Means to Talk About the Food Deserts of LA, HYPERALLERGIC.
Janna Zinzi, Jazmin Urrea Builds Monumental Cheetos Sculpture in South L.A., ARTBOUND.
Parker Collins, Hot Cheetos Installation Featured In Public Art Event, SPECTRUM NEWS 1.
Brittany L. Beckman, 8-foot tall Flamin’ Hot Cheetos statues are a fiery symbol of food inequality, Mashable.

October 05 2017 Holland Cotter, From the Personal to the Political, 19 Artists to Watch Next Year, The New York Times. December 27

Siddhartha Mitter, At “Fictions” in Harlem, Young Black Artists Are on Fire, The Village Voice. September 13 Super Deluxe, Ever wonder what 300 pounds of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos looks like?, Super Deluxe. May 8 Christina Cox, CalArts Student Uses Thousands of Cheetos in Art Exhibit, Santa Clarita Valley Signal. March 13

2016 Christian Hite, Bombόn, KEEP IT DIRTY, vol. a., “Filth,” Punctum Books. July 4
Molly Surazhsky, Life-size Cutouts Celebrate Jazmin’s Quince Años (Jazmin’s Sweet 15), 24700.

Bibliography

2018 Thelma Golden, Lucy Mensah, Fictions, The Studio Museum in Harlem 2017 CALARTS, Ellen Birrell, Clothing Optional, CALARTS/NIGHT GALLERY

Collection

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

April 4

Experience

02/2019 – Present 09/2009 – Present 09/2016 – 08/2017 07/2016 – 05/2017

Teaching Artist

Artworx LA

Classified Substitute Teacher Assistant

Los Angeles Unified School District

Media Production Fellow

Arts in a Changing America

Paul Brach Visiting Artist Coordinator

California Institute of the Arts