Pilar Gallego

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Artist Statement

How do we see ourselves when we look in the mirror? What or who is it we are wishing to get rid of when we clean out our closets? What is it we seek when we go shopping? What or who do we wish to conceal or reveal when we buy a garment? Who do we desire to become in the fitting room? With the new wardrobe we purchase? And at what cost?

My cross-disciplinary art practice is the point at which cultural codes and gender myths intersect and collide. I look into the body and its construction to unearth unconsidered potential and possibilities. How is one made a body? By what forces, and reinforcements? How can we work within, through, and past existing systems of confinement to perhaps find a portal into liberation? And if prescribed beauty is what these oppressive systems perpetuate, what does resistance look like?

My art practice departs from my mutant subjectivity — a product of my transnational and transgender identities. This embodiment leads to investigations into location, assimilation, gender, and our complicated desire for the Other. Using humor, I look to the wardrobe (closet) as a repository for potential selves considering the ways in which design marks and speaks for the body. My research continues to grow and expand into ideas where queer implications arise — op art, sculpture & installation, the object/subject in space, live movement & performance, and interactivity.

CV

EDUCATION
2015
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2005
BFA, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

PERFORMANCES
2015
The S hame Ensemble , Knights Inn, Los Angeles, CA
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Crooked Tree , Perform Chinatown 2014, LA, CA
A Spectacle , Mid Residency Show, D301 Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, CA
2013
Come Out,  Lulu May Von Hagen Courtyard, California Institute of the Arts, CA
2012
H U R T S , Improvisational Collaborator, choreographed by Jen Rosenblit, Danspace Project, NYC
2010
Breathi ng In/Breathing Out , The Artist is Absent, 25CPW Gallery, NYC

ONE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2015
N ecessary Constructions , D300 Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, CA
2014
I Look at Me Like You’re the Ug liest Thing in the World , Permanent Set, California Institute of the Arts, CA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017
Man Up ! Masculinity in Question,  Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, Chaffey College, CA
2016
Queering Space , Green Gallery, Yale University, NH
2015
Art, MFA, ‘15 , The CalArts Graduate Show, curated by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, Cooper Design Space, LA, CA
2014
Invisible Crit,  curated by Joey Cannizzaro, Black & White Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, CA
Transient , Roving exhibition throughout LA, CA
Greater L os Angeles Masters of Fine Art  Exhibition, California State University, Long Beach, CA
Best Friends Learning Gang’s Wax Museu m at You Might Be Discovered , LAST Projects, LA, CA
Mutant Salon , Mint Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, CA
2010
SRLP’s 5th An nual Small Works for Big Change , Participant Inc Gallery, NYC
2009
SRLP’s 4th An nual Small Works for Big Change , Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art, NYC

COLLABORATIONS
2016
STRNGE  with Karley Sullivan, L-Shape Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, CA
2015
Untitled (Artspeak?)  with Kang Seung Lee, Pitzer College Art Galleries, Pitzer College, CA

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
2015
Genderqueer and Transgender Artists Breaking Down Barriers in Art, Huffpost, November 19
2014
Transgender Art & Culture in 2014, Museum of Transgender History & Art on Buzzfeed, December 29
2012
Interview with Lily Binns, BOMBLOG, Bombsite.com, April 13
2011
Realness, No More Potlucks No. 13, January-February
2008
Top 5 Gay Art Shows to See Now, Time Out New York, May 29

RESIDENCIES
2015
Yaddo Fellowship
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture Fellowship
2011
Queer/Art/Mentorship Fellowship

AWARDS AND HONORS
2015
Feminist Works Program Grant
2014
Panelist at Transient  Exhibition Panel Discussion, West Hollywood City Council Chambers, CA
2013 & 2014
Dean’s Project Grant, California Institute of the Arts, CA
The Walt Disney Company Foundation Scholarship, California Institute of the Arts, CA
2011
Drawing Out the Dykes , Out Like That! Festival, Artist Talk, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance
2009
Top 12 Short List, Annual Exhibition Proposals Open-Call, A.I.R. Gallery