My work explores ideas of use and reuse through casting and manipulating found objects and combining them with relics that relate to personal experiences. Waste recycling is an important idea in the development of a North American cultural capital, but the concept of use and reuse is more an ethos among Central American cultures; walls are comprised of mud and plastic bottles, old bicycles are transformed into washing machines, shards of broken glass find use as security devices atop privacy fences. As the son of a Mexican mother and German American father, my Chicano heritage is of deep interest to me; it’s become the consistent material (and immaterial) investigation in my work. I have spent years looking into my origins by traveling, living and working throughout the southern Mexico basin in attempt to further understand my cultural history. In these places I have become fully aware of the creative capacity inherent in cultures and societies that use and reuse. I translate these ideas into works by collecting items deemed disposable or recyclable and reconfiguring them into objects in which the items are divorced from their original purpose. These objects are combined with artifacts of my experience, in order to provide an experiential interpretation in which the work communicates with the senses physically, emotionally and spiritually. By restructuring these objects in a manner that indicates function and meaning while remaining abstract in form, I evoke the bricoleurian practice evident in Mexican culture, yet present work representative of a multi-cultural aesthetic.
MFA U.C.L.A. Graduate Art Program.
BFA Kansas City Art Institute-Ceramics Program.
San Francisco City College
“A most imperfect understanding, A most slanted manner”- solo exhibition- LAX ART, Los Angeles, CA.
“MEATRAFFLE” group show at BBQLA- Los Angeles, CA.
“Con Safos” C/S, collaboration with Clockshop LA- Los Angeles River and Parks, CA.
“LAX ART Benefit Auction”- Los Angeles, CA.
“Headlands Center for the Arts Benefit Auction”- Sausalito, CA.
“Peninsula Art Project Space group show- Select Fair, New York, NY.
“Muster/Cluster”, Cathy Cooper Studios- Los Angeles, CA.
“UCLA MFA exhibition- University of California Los Angeles.
“The Golden Ass”, Annie Wharton Gallery- Los Angeles, CA.
RE:CYCLE, UCR Sweeney Art Gallery – Riverside, CA.
Craft in America Gallery Process Exhibition – Los Angeles, CA.
KCAI B.F.A. Exhibition, H & R Block Artspace-Kansas City, MO.
Undergraduate Showcase, Kansas City Artist Coalition-Kansas City, MO.
Summer Foundations. Vanderslice Hall – Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO.
“3 Piece” Shades of Brown Gallery -Tulsa, OK.
“Ceramics” Fort Mason Campus Gallery- San Francisco, CA.
Group Show @ Tsunami Art Gallery-Tulsa, OK.
The Dead Show @ The CO-OP Gallery-San Diego, CA.
Streets @ The CO-OP Gallery-San Diego, CA.
Casa Biciteka Residency, Mexico City, MX, bicycle workshop, instruction/build.
Cotsen Institute of Archeology, U.C.L.A., Southern Mexico Basin, codice study.
Fernando Mastrangelo. Los Angeles, CA, Intern/sculptural adviser.
UMKC Emergent Education Program. Kansas City, MO, bicycle workshop and safety training/bike build.
Andy Brayman @ The Matter Factory/ Easy Ceramic Decals. Kansas City, MO, Intern.
Paul Soldner and Jun Kaneko @ Anderson Ranch. Snowmass Village, CO, workshop/directed study.
Mel Cornshucker @ Living Arts. Tulsa, OK, directed study of wheel throwing focus.
National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.
Martha Matthias Denny Scholarship, U.C.L.A
Edward J. and Alice Mae Smith Scholarship, U.C.L.A.
Resnick Scholarship, U.C.L.A.
UCMEXUS Grant, U.C.L.A.
Full Scholarship, U.C.L.A. Graduate Arts Program.
Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, U.C.L.A.
Kansas City Art Institute Merit Scholar.
KCAI Deans List.
San Francisco City College Deans List.
Ceramics Guild Vice-President