Tessie Salcido Whitmore

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Artist Statement

As a native Southern Californian I was brought up in a New Age spiritual revival. The physical and visual components of my work suggest an aesthetic born of this time. The work explores tensions between cult like dedication and counter culture rebellion. Using quotidian materials, such as bath towels, t-shirts and string, along with oil stained tie-dyed paintings on canvas I am interested in finding the mystical in the mundane. I use these materials to reference our everyday interaction with mass-produced products of popular culture reflecting the inherent obsession to collect. Some materials are manipulated by cutting, braiding and sewing, incorporating a handcrafted component. By recombining consumer items with handmade elements, I make playful abstractions that reframe the familiar. The combination of form slows down the rapid read of the consumable objects and provides opportunity for paradox. Building off those relationships, I create altar-like installations or totemic structures that become hybrids highlighting the absurdities of our own strange reality. While reducing visual decisions to just the aesthetics of the ideas, I am riffing on the New Age amalgamation and appropriation of eclectic ideologies. Whatever the medium, the work comes out of a painting core, interested in the dialogues around painting, color and form.


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Born El Monte, CA

Education
2012
MFA, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA2009 BFA, Drawing and Painting, California University Long Beach, CA.

Selected Exhibitions
2015

Riot of Flowers
, curated by Kio Griffith, Eastside International, Los Angeles, CA2014Best of Possible Worlds, curated by Kio Griffith, Art Baboo146, Yokohama, JapanFloor Flowers, curated by David Pagel, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CASpaceface, Autonomie Projects Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)Zig Zag Wanderers, Hiatus series, Eastside International, Los Angeles, CA (two-person show with Andrea Joki)Mas Attack SF Ltd. Ed., organized by Max Presneill and Kio Griffith, Studio 17, San Francisco, CA

C-Note: An Exhibition and Fundraiser for Syrian Children, organized by Ichiro & Dasha Orlova, co- hosted by Gabe Hirsch of UNICEF Next Generation, JAUS, Santa Monica, CA

Are Friends Electric? Act I, curated by Manual History Machines, Curators Lab Exhibition, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA (catalog)

Are Friends Electric? Act II, curated by Manual History Machines, Peggy Phelps and East Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA (catalog)

2013

Hostile Hospitality, curated by Christy Roberts, Highland House, Upland, CA

HAUNT, curated by Clifford Eberly, Parlor West, Hollywood, CA

The Familiar Unfamiliar, curated by Manual History Machines, Casa Agave, Wonder Valley, CA

Unsolved Mysteries, organized by Jonathan Apgar, PØST, Los Angeles, CA

Next to Nothing, Coastline Community College, Newport Beach, CA

2012

GLAMFA 2012: Greater Los Angeles Master of Fine Arts Exhibition, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

BOOM Southern California MFA Invitational, presented by den Contemporary, Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA

Traumatic Materiality: Painting (In)elegance, curated by Steve Hampton, Autonomie Projects, Los Angeles, CA

space/adversity/motion, den Contemporary, Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA

White Light, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Peggy Phelps, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA (solo)

2011

No Simple Highway (1264 West Sunset Blvd.- trash collection/empty lot next to “Den Chua Xu Thanh Mau”), Los Angeles Road Concerts-Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA (collaboration installation/performance with Kyla Hansen)

Split Second Split, F2 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Chain Letter, organized by Christian Cummings and Doug Harvey, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2009

Disparate, Max L. Gatov Gallery, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA (two-person show with Patricia Mercado-Perez)

2008

BFA Drawing & Painting Graduate Exhibition, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA


Curatorial Projects

Present-2012

Curatorial Collective Member, Manual History Machines

2015

Curator, Time, Time, Form, Eastside International, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Manual History Machines

2014

Curator, Something Within, DAC Gallery and Exceptional Children’s Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Manual History Machines

2014 Curator, Are Friends Electric Act I, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Manual History Machines

2014

Curator, Are Friends Electric Act II, Peggy Phelps and East Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, curated by Manual History Machines

2013

Curator, Familiar Unfamiliar, Casa Agave, Wonder Valley, CA, curated by Manual History Machines

2012

Main Representative for Claremont Graduate University, BOOM Southern California MFA invitational, presented by den Contemporary, Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA

Programming Coordinator Visiting Artist Lecture Series (VALS), Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

2011

Programming Coordinator Visiting Artist Lecture Series (VALS), Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA.


Awards/Residencies

2014
Curators Lab Fellowship, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

2013
Artist in Residence, Coastline Community College, Newport Beach, CA

2012
OC Art Grant, Coastline Community College, Newport Beach, CA

2011
Albert B. Friedman Grant, Schools of Arts and Humanities, Claremont Graduate University

2011
Claremont Graduate University Artist Fellowship.


Publications and Catalogs

2015

Okawa, Moto, “East West Flower Color Riot”, Art I Like LA, July 24, 2015.

2014
Pagel, David, “Floor Flowers”, GALLERY magazine, Guangzhou, China, 2014.

Pagel, David, “ Are Friends Electric?”, Are Friends Electric?(exhibition catalog), published by Manual History Machines and Fellows of Contemporary Art, Curators Lab, Los Angeles, CA, 2014.