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Welcome to A New Territory!

Thursday, May 28, 2020
By Lux Art Institute

Beginning this fall with the commencement of our 14th season, Lux will unify our exhibitions and programing under a seasonal campus wide theme. Each of our Artists-in-Residence and Regional Artists will be exploring their own unique ideas, concepts, and processes within the designated theme. This will allow Lux and the community to dive into the relevant issues while considering them from a variety of perspectives, and hear from a diversity of voices. 

Our upcoming season, titled A New Territory, explores issues of Migration. 

A New Territory explores the structure that exists around the movement of bodies; be it human, animal, or plant. Some questions we will be considering this season are: What happens to the construction of identity in cross-cultural territories? What does Othering mean to the construction of identity? How do physical and non-physical borderlines influence the movement of people, flora, and fauna? What social-political-economic systems influence the lived experiences of migrating people? 

Season 14 Artists-in-Residence
Cosmo Whyte
Exhibition Dates: September 12 - November 7, 2020
In Studio Dates: September 12 - October 10, 2020

Jamaican artist Cosmo Whyte explores liminal spaces created by migration. He investigates the effects that leaving one culture behind and trying to assimilate to another has on the construction of identity. His personal experiences as a societally designated black man born in Jamaica act as a point of departure for his work, critiquing concepts of nation-building, migrant displacement, assimilation, appropriation, and the impact this complicated history has on diasporic communities. 

Whyte’s process includes drawing, performance, sculpture, and installation. In his drawings, Whyte uses references to cultural identity through his use of gold leaf in order to explore displacement, the societal effects of mining gold, and the shaping of community through these histories. He mixes common objects with archival imagery and integrates elements of kitsch in his sculptural work as a way to consider the function of domestic spaces in relation to hospitality and the reality of the migrant experience. 

Born in Jamaica in 1982, Whyte is now based in Atlanta, Georgia and Montego Bay, Jamaica. He received his MFA from the University of Michigan, his post-baccalaureate from Maryland Institute College of Art, and his BFA from Bennington College in Vermont. He has most recently exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta (2019); The Summerset House, London, UK (2019); 13th Havana Biennial Matanzas, Cuba (2019); The High Museum, Atlanta (2019); the Jamaica Biennial (2017) and Atlanta Biennial, Atlanta Contemporary (2016). Whyte has been the recipient of the Art Matters Award (2019), The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2019), the Working Artist Award (2018), The Drawing Center's Open Sessions Fellowship (2018), Artadia Award (2016), the International Sculpture Center’s “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award” (2015) and the Edge Award (2010). In 2021, Whyte will participate in Prospect 5, New Orleans.

Carlos Martiel
Exhibition Dates: November 21, 2020 - January 16, 2021
In Studio Dates: November 21 - December 19, 2020

Cuban performance artist Carlos Martiel uses his body to address the restrictions and limitations within the lived experience of the black male body. The ephemerality of performance points towards the immediacy that his subject poses, the fragility of continuing to exist is questioned by the passage of time. The perpetual threat on the body shows the persistence of the systems that are in place in our society; systems of violence, ostracization, and displacement. Martiel approaches these topics from the non-western migrant experience and specifically the identity of the black male within that conversation. The physicality of his performance alludes to the invisibility of the immigrant and black body, a body that is inextricably linked to notions of tradition, culture, and belonging. His safety, within his performance, is constantly threatened. In an act of resistance, the confrontational element of the nude stakes a claim on the space Martiel occupies–he fears, he bleeds, he lives.

Born in Cuba in 1989, Martiel is now based out of New York, New York and Havana, Cuba. Martiel graduated in 2009 from the National Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro, in Havana. His work has been included in the Biennial of the Americas, USA; 4th Vancouver Biennale, Canada; 14th Sharjah Biennial, UAE; 14th Cuenca Biennial, Ecuador; 57th Venice Biennale, Italy; Casablanca Biennale, Morocco; Biennial “La Otra”, Colombia; Liverpool Biennial, UK; Pontevedra Biennial, Spain; Havana Biennial, Cuba; the São Paulo Museum of Art, São Paulo, Brazil; and the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, USA. He performed at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; La Tertulia Museum, Cali, Colombia; Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Quito, Ecuador; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA; The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, USA.  His works are in public collections such as The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, New York; Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro; Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami.

Beatriz Cortez
Exhibition Dates: January 30 - March 27, 2021
In Studio Dates: January 30 - February 27

Beatriz Cortez, born in El Salvador and based in Los Angeles, utilizes sculpture and installation to examine the deep-rooted histories, cultures, and identities of those who have faced forced migration. She explores a diverse range of perspectives of individuals from Latin America, the United States, and even her own personal experiences of displacement to discover how these systems affect the construction of memory.

Based on the writings of philosopher Gilles Deleuze, Cortez’s work explores themes related to multiple temporalities, simultaneity, and speculative futures. She most commonly works with metal, challenging gender norms and exploring the flexibility that welding allows for her creations. Her works are often “stitched” together, building installation-based objects that recall indigenous histories melded with evolved and contemporary human and Latin American stories. These objects are filled with historical allusions, personal memory, cultural symbols, and harsh modern realities.

Born in El Salvador in 1970, Cortez received an MFA in Art from the California Institute of the Arts and a Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Studies from Arizona State University. She has exhibited at the Craft Contemporary Museum, Los Angeles; Clockshop, Los Angeles; Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles; Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles; Centro Cultural de España de El Salvador; and Museo Municipal Tecleño (MUTE), El Salvador; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; BANK/MABSOCIETY, Shanghai, China; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Centro Cultural Metropolitano, Quito, Ecuador; and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Cortez is the recipient of the Artadia Los Angeles Award (2020), the inaugural Frieze LIFEWTR Sculpture Prize (2019), the Emergency Grant from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts (2019), the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant (2018), the Artist Community Engagement Grant (2017), and the California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists (2016). Beatriz Cortez is represented by Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles.

Baseera Khan
Exhibition Dates: April 10 - June 5, 2021
In Studio Dates: April 10 - May 8, 2021

Baseera Khan discusses modes of representation that concern the identity of the Other within a western context. Born in the United States, Khan identifies as a queer femme Muslim American. The use of fashion, photography, textiles, and music explores how assimilation becomes part of the concealment of identity. These concepts are combined in the form of sculpture and performance. 

In order to break free and challenge these practices, Khan’s work becomes a collage of their own identities. By combining historical and contemporary cultural markers, Kahn’s sculptures, installations, and performances challenge these systems through an assertion of their own existence and belonging within society.

Born in 1983, Khan opened their first solo exhibition at Simone Subal, New York and a two-person show at Jenkins Johnson Projects (2019). They have exhibited in numerous locations such as the Sculpture Center (2018), Aspen Museum (2017), Participant Inc. (2017), Moudy Gallery at Texas Christian University (2017), Fine Arts Center of Colorado College (2018), and has performed at several locations including the Whitney Museum of American Art and Art POP Montreal International Music Festival (2017). Khan was a recipient of the BRIC Colene Brown Art Prize and the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2019, and they received grants by both NYSCA/NYFA and Art Matters in 2018. Their work was recently acquired by the Solomon R. Guggenheim permanent collections and Kadist, San Francisco. They have been published in Artforum, Art in America, BOMB, OSMOS Magazine, unbag, Brooklyn Rail, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and TDR Drama Review. They received an M.F.A. from Cornell University (2012) and a B.F.A. from the University of North Texas (2005).

Guillermo Galindo
Exhibition Dates: June 19 - August 7, 2021
In Studio Dates: June 19 -  July 2 and July 21 - 31, 2021

As an experimental composer and artist, Guillermo Galindo activates found objects in his sculptural instruments. Born in Mexico and living in the Bay Area, Galindo’s work focuses on humanitarian issues along the border. Collecting materials recovered from sites of displacement, Galindo creates sculptures that are brought to life through performances as well as through the participation of the audience. His performances incorporate elements of sound intended to represent the voices of the invisible and removed; while their bodies are no longer present, their presence continues to be felt. 

Galindo explores the movement of indigenous people from both the United States and Mesoamerican cultures. His work considers how systems of both forced and limited migrations result in the construction of new identities of these groups. Galindo’s recent work challenges the notions of boundaries from an ecological perspective. In these new pieces, he interprets the existence of flora and fauna along borderlines.

Born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1961. Galindo’s work has been performed and shown at major music festivals, concert halls, museums and art exhibits throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia and has been featured on CNN, the BBC (London), The Nation Magazine (US), NPR City Arts and Lectures and All Things Considered, CBC (Canada), Reforma Newspaper (Mexico), The New York Times, and Swiss Radio (Switzerland) among many others. His work has been shown at the: San Jose Museum of Art in 2016, Amon Carter Museum in Dallas Fort Worth (2016), Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas (2017), Pace Gallery, New York (2017), and Documenta 14. The book Border Cantos was published by Aperture and has been nominated for best book of the year. Galindo has been commissioned to write music for the UNAM symphony orchestra in Mexico City, the Oakland Symphony Orchestra and Choir, and the Kronos Quartet.

Season 14 Regional Artists
Beliz Iristay 
Exhibition Dates: September 12 - October 30, 2020

Iristay’s work is about the intersectional space of cross cultural identity. Her work is a representation of identity created in the in-between spaces with a critical look at the cultural traditions she has personally experienced; specifically as they relate to religion, gender, and custom. Iristay creates installations that question social and political platforms. As part of the narrative her ceramics are created using Turkish techniques and the clay is harvested from Mexican soil, representing two of her identities.

Iristay was born in 1979 in Izmir, Turkey and currently lives between San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico. She has recently exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; the San Diego Art Institute; SOFA Chicago; Miami Red Dot Art Fair Miami; and the Los Angeles Art Fair.

Tarrah Krajnak 
Exhibition Dates: November 7, 2020 - January 9, 2021

The body work that we will have at Lux, titled the Lima Peru 1979 Projects, is about the intersection of the revolutionary context of 1979 Lima Peru and her own identity. Krajnak was born that year in Peru and adopted from an orphanage. This project is a reconstruction of the history of that year in Peru and Krajnak’s search for her identity and place within that history. Using archival imagery she projects photographs that she intersects with her body and thus creates self-portraits. The use of her body also references the inherent trauma violence leaves on the body.

Krajnak is now based out of Los Angeles and is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. She has widely exhibited both nationally and internationally, such as Honor Fraser Gallery in Los Angeles, Houston Center for Photography; SF Camerawork; Philadelphia Photographic Arts Center; The National Museum of Women in the Arts; Photo Madrid; Photo London, amongst many more.

Iana Quesnell 
Exhibition Dates: January 16 - March 20, 2021

Having lived on both sides of the San Diego-Tijuana border, Quesnell’s incredibly detailed and large-scale drawings investigate cultural history and the migration within her family tree. Through the use of landmarks and cultural markers, Quesnell develops maps that tell the story of her family's movement. She uses a systematic approach in order to understand the impact movement and space have on identity. 

Quesnell is based in San Diego but lived in Tijuana for many years. She teaches at MiraCosta College. She has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; San Diego Museum of Art; and the Tijuana Cultural Center.

Amir H. Fallah 
Exhibition Dates: March 21 - May 29, 2021

Fallah’s work is about the different stories that exist within immigrant identities. Fallah paints portraits depicting objects and fabrics that represent the identity of his subject. Leaving out facial features he creates a universal and gender-neutral body focusing on the cultural markers that represent the identity of his subject. Fallah's body of work expands upon a larger conversation about the hybrid immigrant identity within the United States.

Fallah was born in Iran, grew up in Virginia, and is now based in Los Angeles. He has shown both nationally and internationally at places such as MOCA Tucson, Tucson, AZ; Mykonos, Greece; Tel Aviv, Israel; Museum Of Art and History, Lancaster, CA; Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, CA; Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, New York; San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA. His work is featured in public art collections such as the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, FL.

Omar Pimienta
Exhibition Dates: June 5 - August 7, 2021

Omar Pimienta will close out our A New Territory season in the Brandes Gallery. Pimienta’s work is heavily influenced by his extensive research on different narratives surrounding immigration, deportation, and citizenship. Pimienta’s interdisciplinary work calls on the injustices and problematic approaches existent in social, political, and economic systems along border cultures. For his exhibition at Lux, he is investigating the history of waterways and their relationship to cross-national communities.

Pimienta was born in Tijuana in 1978 and lives and works between San Diego and Tijuna. Pimienta has a Ph.D in Literature and an MFA from the University of California-San Diego as well as a B.A. in Latin American Studies, San Diego State University. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally at spaces such as the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; 5th Transborder Biennial with El Paso Museum of Art; MOCA Tucson. Arizona; Oceanside Museum of Art.; A Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibit; Museum Of Latin American Art in Long Beach and the Paul Getty Museum Los Angeles, CA.


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