Artist Talk and Reception: Jan 24, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
4 – 5 pm: Artist Lecture
5 – 6 pm: Opening Reception
The Joseph Gross Gallery is honored to present I-10 by Adrian Esparza. I-10 showcases traditional drawings along side several large-scale custom wall installations made from the unraveled remnants of traditional Mexican serapes. The artist employs a method likened to computer numerical control, a machine automated program that uses specifications to alter a blank space into an error-free design. In this case the process forms his unique direct wall geometric patterns.
I-10 also serves as a metaphor that connects Esparza’s exploration of his Mexican American identity, in the use of the serape, with the idea of displacement, as the object is undone in form and removed from its place of inception.
Adrian Esparza’s work has been exhibited globally in museums and galleries including: Rufino Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art, Mexico City, Mexico; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ; Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY; Museo del Barrio, New York, NY.
This exhibition has been made possible by a grant from the College of Fine Arts Bank One Visiting Artist Professorship Awards, with additional support from the Joseph F. Gross Endowment and the University of Arizona School of Art, Tucson AZ.