In collaboration with LACMA and the Watts House Project, an artist-driven urban revitalization project centered around the historic Watts Towers, Ybarra, Diaz, and Slanguage, the artist’s team of collaborators, participated in a residency at the home of longtime residents of Watts, the Garcia family.
The exhibition component of this residency takes at its point of departure the legacy of Simon Rodia and the impulse to create alternative or possible worlds out of unconventional materials or according to unorthodox impulses. The installation features assemblage, folk art, vernacular graphics, images of the Watts Towers and art from the LACMA collection selected by Ybarra, Diaz, and the Slanguage Studio, as well as a newly commissioned sculpture by Ybarra that connects the public art works done at the Watts residency site with the LACMA campus.
Click here to watch a video with Mario Ybarra, Jr and Edgar Arceneaux, Executive Director of the Watts House Project
* Banner Image: Yayoi Kusama, Untitled, 1985, oil on canvas, canvas: 35 3/4 x 28 3/4 in. Gift of Regina K. Fadiman Trust, Stephen O. Lesser Trustee.