Slanguage Studio (Mario Ybarra, Jr. & Karla Diaz)
Exhibition & Residency:
April 7 – June 26, 2015
The international art collective Slanguage is a studio-artist-run space that grew organically from an active studio to a public-engagement-sculptural space, interfacing with community, national and international artists, and youth. Founded in 2002, in Wilmington–the heart of the port of Los Angeles–Slanguage opened its doors to the public leading teen workshops, hosting art exhibitions, and leading music and performance events. Its residency SlangA.I.R. (Artist In Residency) has been a catalyst for interfacing with young emerging artists, youth, teaching artists, and the community.
Co-founders Mario Ybarra, Jr. and Karla Diaz have been in the forefront of many pilot events, exhibitions and programs in diverse cities, museums, and art galleries all over the world. Diaz background in youth education, performance, art and writing, influence a multidisciplinary, pedagogical approach to her work, creating dialogue among diverse communities. Mario’s conceptual work and interest in alternative histories and narratives interface with art and cultural contemporary practices. Both of their work has been presented in different art institutions, such as the Institute Cervantez in Madrid Spain, the Whitney Museum in New York, in Los Angeles at LACMA, MOCA, MOLA, the TaTe Modern in London, at the Chicago Hyde Park Center in Chicago, among others.
Slanguage Studio’s Artist Lab Residency at 18th Street Arts Center is generously supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.