Pleased to announce my participation in the 2018 iteration of the Main Museum’s Office Hours exhibition. My recent painting, Fragility, 2017, was selected to be featured a within the Main’s exhibition gallery.
Each fall since opening in 2016, The Main Museum has hosted Office Hours, a program that invites fifty Downtown L.A.–based artists to meet one-on-one with Allison Agsten, director of The Main, to discuss their work. At the culmination of each appointment, artists are invited to hang their art, or documentation of it, as part of an eponymous group exhibition. Now in its third iteration and with a total of 150 participants, Office Hours has helped forge crucial connections among artists who have met through the program, led to gallery presentation of work introduced here, and inspired similar initiatives elsewhere.
Fragility is a painting made after Trump's inauguration and the proliferated media coverage of domestic alt-right congregations. It reflects the emergence of the phrase “White Fragility” as used by contemporary writer and theorist, Robin DiAngelo, andaddresses the contentious value systems within the greater United States. This too depicts the hurdles and hypocrisies within the cultural canon as it grapples with the pursuit of inclusion and diversity.
The work, painted in the hue of an Anglo skin tone, critiques the history of art production and industry as something inherently Eurocentric. In a time when contemporary art is striving to embrace alternate global narratives, I’ve depicted an object that projects a defensive, yet fragile, demeanor which is often personified by those trying to preserve ethnic hierarchy and a resistance to change.