Paul Pescador

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Artist Statement

In my practice I am interested in the reconstruction of personal relationships and daily interactions. I produce abstract narratives that incorporate my own personal experiences: ranging from banal conversations and quarrels to more serious trauma and injury. These stories are retold using colorful cheap objects from the 99-Cent Store and patterned fabrics and backdrops. Short personal dramas are heightened in recording as they take the form of animated videos, live performances, and still photography.

In my performance work I use my own body and the narrative of “self” to reconstruct my memories in front of an audience. Objects, fabrics and other goods become surrogates as these materials are shuffled throughout the space while fragments of narrated animations are projected in the background. Through this live act of reproducing memory, the past and present become aligned. The documentation of these performance and animations are later re-purposed and edited into experimental films. The process of recycling confuses the narrative further; linear storytelling is replaced by visual juxtapositions that become about the relationship of the personal experience to representation in an artwork.

The objects themselves can be slippery; a sponge can function like a character in one film, a prop in a performance and a still life in several photographs. Repetition and seriality are generative to an overall body of work. The practice as a whole functions like an ongoing soap opera, in which shapes and materials appear, switch roles, die off and resurrect themselves again.

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Education

2012

Master of Fine Arts–Studio Art, Claire Trevor School of the Arts , University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA

2005

Bachelor of Arts, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA,

Solo Exhibition

2014

Color/d Vol. I-III, Park View Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2013

6,7 or 9, Anthony Greaney, Boston, MA

The Year After, Light and Wire, Online Gallery

2012

3, 4, 5, and 8, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA

2011

1, 1 ó, 2, Human Resources at Cottage Home, Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2015

Bloody Red Sun of Fantastic L.A, Organized by Praz-Delavallade, PIASA, Paris, France

Tomb Raider, Curated by Tyler Park, Arturo Bandini Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2013

Folding Time Rhymes, Curated by Rob Greene, Greene Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA

2012

Lick It Into Shape, Curated by Marcus Herse, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University

2011

Circulate, Exchange: Nugget and Gravy, UCLA Invitational, Curated by Matthew Greenfield & Christine

Wang, Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Rearwindow, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2010

Performing Public Space, Curated by Janet Owens Driggs, Casa de Tunnel, Tijuana, Mexico

Film Screenings (Selected)

2015

Soft Whites, PDA, Los Angeles, CA

Crushes: Section A, New Works Salon, Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, CA

Color/d, Durham Studio Theater, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

2014

6,7 or 9, Flip of the Wrist, Machine Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2013

1-9, CineFamily (In collaboration with Human Resources, LA), Los Angeles, CA

2012

3, 4, 5, and 8,Vista Theater (In collaboration with Human Resources, LA), Los Angeles, CA.

Performances (Selected)

2015

Crushes, Highways, Santa Monica, CA

Duets, Colony, Performa 2015, New York, NY

Tortilla or Split Pea, Planet Queer at Akbar, Los Angeles, CA

Baby Blue, PAM Residency, Los Angeles, CA

2014

Malady and Making, Declaration of Instigation, LAXART, Los Angeles, CA

Orange, KCHUNG at Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Yellow and Turquoise, Studio Winter 2014, REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA

Red, Green and Black, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA

2013

Yellow and Turquoise, Greene Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA

2012

Situating, ForYourArt, Los Angeles, CA

2011

My body lies over the ocean, Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair, Santa Monica, CA

2010

Perform Now, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

Publications (Selected)

2015

Forging Queer Identity with Abstraction, Abe Ahn, HyperAllergic

Del Vaz Projects and Park View/ Los Angeles, Patrick Steffen, Flash Art

Los Angeles Review of Books Cover 2015

2014

Paul Pescador’s layered images riff on consumer overload, Sharon Mizota, LA Times: December 12,2014

Interview with John Tain, Insert/Blanc Press, (forthcoming monograph)

Paul Pescador: Black and Blue or the Solitude of Lovers, Gladys Hernando (forthcoming monograph)

Playing with Objects: On the Photographic Work of Paul Pescador, Ryan Linkof (forthcoming monograph)

Try it Again, Paul Pescador, and Things to Do, Sarah Bay Williams, Anthonygreaney.com

2013

First Look: Paul Pescador, William Smith, Art in America, November 2013

Paul Pescador and the Dark Side of Intimacy, Nikki Darling, KCET Art Bound

Interview with Paul Soto, 1-9, Publication for Screening

Interview with Dilcia Barrera, 1-9, Publication for Screening

What’s up in the Boston Galleries,Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe

2012

Why I Go To The Movies Alone: For Paul Pescador, Cole Akers, 3, 4, 5 and 8, Publication for Screening

Interview with Elizabeth Cline, 3, 4, 5, and 8, Publication for Screening

At the present moment: In anticipation of Paul Pescador’s Situating, Melinda Guillen, ForYourArt.com

Fraction of the whole: Locating myself within Paul Pescador’s Situating, Melinda Guillen, ForYourArt.com

Intuitional Collections

2015

Photography Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

2013

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Visual Art Center

Awards

2015

California Community Foundation Grant Recipient: Emerging Category

PAM Residency: February 2015

2013

Joan Mitchell Fellow