This interesting wall piece is the work of Texas based Artist Adrian Esparza commissioned by the newly opened Perez Art Museum.
Adrian Esparza grow up in El Paso having little exposure to historical art and being his first exposure to art through craft laying the foundations for what he later would learn at school.
His works are comments on political divides, garnering much of his source material and inspiration from his borderland experiences.
The sarape pieces are according to the artist about transformation, about a history that is used in order to construct a new form. They are also about a diffusion of color and the expansion of space. The side-by-side forms create a dialogue while revealing the repetitive process of distance traveled and perhaps even the act of reading itself. That’s the reason why each piece is accompanied with a booklet that explains its installation and de-installation.
‘Wake and Wonder’ is formed from a serape blanket (a traditional Mexican garment) which you se on the side of the piece. It has been rewoven around nails hammered into the walls of the gallery creating in this way a painting without paint. The work speaks about tradition and cultural identity, but also about displacement. Interesting work, that’s for sure.
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