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PARAÍSO

Radamés "Juni" Figueroa, Charles Juhász-Alvarado, Ignacio Lang, Michael Linares, Jesús "Bubu" Negrón

1 July - 13 August 2011
Artists' Reception: Friday, 1 July, 7-9p

PRESS RELEASE

LOS ANGELES TIMES Review by Sharon Mizota

DAILYSERVING Review by Danielle Sommer

Installation view

Installation view

Installation view

Radamés "Juni" Figueroa
Stabbed Spray Cans (4 Colors), 2011
Spray paint, window, T-shirt, knives
Dimensions variable

Radamés "Juni" Figueroa
Stabbed Spray Cans (4 Colors) detail

Radamés "Juni" Figueroa
Love Papaya, My Treasure, 2011
Spray paint on canvas on twin mattress
10 x 38 x 75 inches

Michael Linares
Untitled, 2011
Balloon, helium, pennant string
Balloon 7' diameter, dimensions variable

Michael Linares
Wait Till It Grows, 2011-ongoing
Hammock, clay pots, soil, palm trees
Dimensions variable

Ignacio Lang
Químico All-Star (Talisman for Protection and Luck), 2010
aprox. 10 x 10 feet


Index

Baseballs
There are 108 stitches in a baseball and 108 beads in an old Catholic rosary

Cement
Backbone of modernity, almost every modern stadium is built from it

Cowry Shells
Used as currency for many centuries in Africa during the Transatlantic slave trade, also used for divination

Crucifix
Representation of the sacrifice of Christ, his death by crucifixion

Dirt
Mix of clay, sand and humus that lies over the bedrock of the field

Dodgers Cap
Nativist hat from Los Angeles, first MLB team to open office in Asia

Eshu
Deity or spirit of chaos and trickery from the Yoruba mythology

Eyes
Conscious sense organ, the eye allows a field of vision

Gold
Used around the world as a vehicle of monetary exchange and symbolic function

Hair
Found exclusively in mammals, defining characteristic of the mammalian class

HGH
Athletes use HGH (Human Growth Hormone) in order to enhance their athletic performance

Macaw
Colorful new world parrot, the majority are in extinction in their natural habitat

Marble
Metamorphosis of cement

Rubber
Very stretchy and flexible also extremely waterproof

Salt
"Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt" (Colossians 4:6)

Silver
Soft white, lustrous transitional metal it has the highest electrical conductivity of any element

Supplements
When sold in the U.S., vitamin supplements are not required to undergo the testing procedures typical of pharmaceutical drugs

Syringe
Injects substances into the body or extracts fluids from it

Teeth
Tough, symbol of vitality and sexual potency, reflects the diet of the host organism

Test Tubes
Used to hold, mix and heat small quantities of solid or liquids chemicals

Theosophy
Abner Doubleday and Albert Spalding, inventors of baseball, were adherents to the spiritual movement of theosophy

Tobacco
Used in the Americas as an entheogen by native tribes long before European settlers

Charles Juhasz-Alvarado
Del brazo a la garganta: (mimus polyglottos), 2011
120 x 108 x 30 inches
teak and acrylic

Jesús "Bubu" Negrón
La Promesa, 2003
Digital video (19 min, 10 sec) with photo-novella (48 pages)

Jesús "Bubu" Negrón
Mini Colillón Masculino y Femenino, 2011
Cigarette butts, lipstick, glue
8 x 4 x 4 inches each