Pain Management 100 and Tianguis
|Organization||18th Street Arts Center||
|Address||1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, Ca, United States|
|Start||July 6, 2010|
|End||September 24, 2010|
18th Street’s 2010 Visual Art Fellowship Winners, Martin Durazo and Ana Guajardo debut their projects Pain Management 100 and Tianguis in the main gallery and project room, beginning July 6, 2010 and running through September 24, 2010.
These projects actively explore 18th Street’s 2010 theme, Status Report: The Creative Economy, by transforming the galleries into hubs of experimentation, controversial public discussions and places of dialogue for marginalized communities within our society.
Pain Management 100
Durazo’s project, Pain Management 100, debuts in the main gallery at 18th Street Arts Center. Pain Management 100 will be a three-month, “hands-on” laboratory that investigates the parallels between the “dark economies” of the illegal drug trade and the legal medical pharmaceutical industry. Durazo uses audio clips, video projections, posters, collage, music and other works to replicate many of the experiences common in the drug culture. His installation is designed to arouse the sensation of the popularized rave and drug culture and challenge society’s desensitized attitude toward the drug phenomenon by inspiring dialogue among the public on a local, national and global level. The public’s responses to Durazo’s installations will become a part of the project, as interviews are recorded and edited into a documentary, which will later be incorporated into the exhibit. Ultimately, the project aims to create community conversations around the legal and illegal drug economy and investigate its effects on society.
In 18th Street’s project room, Guajardo’s project Tianguis (translated: Spanish Bazaar), seeks to chart the evolution of a class of Latino artisans in Los Angeles. In the wake of the current economic downturn, more and more artists have switched from supporting themselves through galleries to selling their work as crafts. In the case of this particular Los Angeles community, the artists have created a self-supporting community, complete with its own sort of economy and distinct identity. Guajardo’s project will identify this community, featuring works from its prominent artists while at the same time mapping its place in the history of the artisan movement. The project will include an exhibition of the artists’ works, workshops, a panel discussion, and the production of a “Guide to Handmade LA.” Guajardo’s project will provide a lens into understanding how this community manages to support itself while remaining creatively independent.