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MANO-MADE: NEW EXPRESSION IN CRAFT BY LATINO ARTISTS, GERARDO MONTERRUBIO

The second of three exhibitions features ceramic sculptural works by Oaxaca-born and Los Angeles-based artist Gerardo Monterrubio. Monterrubio is a master storyteller and illustrator who gives new relevance to the ancient tradition of the decorated ceramic vessel. Melding stylistic elements of Mexican mural painting with his artistic origins as a graffiti artist, Monterrubio breathes new life to clay forms. His graphic, polychromatic imagery draws from his own experiences and reflects broader contemporary themes from Mexican, immigrant and American urban cultures. Each of his forms is blanketed with a proliferation of raw imagery that elicits a personal investigation, as though one is peering into a dream or memory.

Monterrubio is featured in Craft in America’s 2017 episode, NEIGHBORS, an introduction to the vast interrelationships in the craft practices of Mexico and the United States.

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Gerardo Monterrubio installation at the Craft in America Center 10/14/2017 – 11/25/2017

A trio of solo exhibitions by Mexican-Californian craft pioneers. Curated by Emily Zaiden, Craft in America Center Director