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Máximo González: Playful is the first major solo exhibition in Lo s Angeles of Mexico City-based Argentinean artist Máximo González. Though G onzález is best known for creating art objects out of devalued currency fro m Mexico\, this compelling exhibition explores ten years of his playful inv estigations into contemporary politics\, popular culture\, and the reutiliz ation of material. Witty\, poetic and slightly subversive\, González puts a new spin on craft.

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Consisting of installations\, murals and weavings ma de from global currencies\, videos\, symbolic objects\, and performance\, G onzález’s work demonstrates a range of materials and messages. Infusing ord inary\, everyday items with a handmade delicacy\, González’s work generates new and unexpected reflections on the relevance of utility and value. He t urns the mundane into precious and beautiful objects that become symbols of the moment we are living in. By marrying traditional processes such as loo m weaving and paper cutting with the politics of contemporary social histor y\, González uses craft to generate new narratives out of historic events a nd collective memory.

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Works such as Aluminum 1886\, a large-scale instal lation of precariously arranged vintage aluminum serving platters\, trays\, and vessels indicate the fluctuating nature of the value of aluminum. Warn ing Monument\, an installation composed entirely of red plastic house wares \, transforms the commonplace into a stunning sculptural installation.

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W ith Magma\, González extends our accepted notions of what craft can be. Wea ving discarded pieces of Mexican pesos into large-scale textiles\, his care ful re-crafting of things we have deemed worthless lends new insights into how we value the handmade. Finally\, Wait brings us a young soldier who sew s sequins onto his own uniform\, an evolving piece that involves a live per formance at the opening reception.

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The exhibition will be accompanied by Changarrito\, a project that was recently exhibited at the 54th Venice Bie nnale. Based on the vending carts prevalent in the marketplaces of Mexico\, Changarrito is a small sculptural cart that González exhibits throughout t he world as an alternative platform for local artists to show their work.

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During the exhibition run\, Changarrito will be stationed outside the mus eum alongside the food trucks that line Wilshire Boulevard’s Museum Row dur ing lunchtime hours\, where select works by local artists\, writers\, and o ther cultural participants will be shown.

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Born in Paraná\, Entre Ríos\, Argentina in 1971\, Máximo González studied at the Institute of Art Josefin a Contte in Corrientes\, where he obtained a Teaching Degree in Visual Arts . He has worked extensively to create public art projects throughout Argent ina. Since 2003\, Máximo has lived and worked in Mexico City. He has comple ted 27 solo exhibitions and special projects\, and has participated in more than 66 group exhibitions in Latin America\, United States\, Canada\, Euro pe\, and the Middle East. Notably\, he showed Where Have All the Flowers Go ne? as part of the Poetics of the Handmade exhibition at MOCA in Los Angele s\; The Tree: From the Sublime to the Social at the Vancouver Art Gallery\, Canada\; Mexico: Politics / Poetics at San Francisco State University\, Sa n Francisco\, CA\; and Something Like an Answer to Something\, Artane Galle ry\, Istanbul\, Turkey. In 2010\, he completed an artist residency at the H yde Park Art Center in Chicago\, resulting in the solo exhibition Material Poems.

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A public opening receptio n for Máximo González: Playful\, sponsored by the Consulate General of Arge ntina\, will take place on Saturday\, January 28 from 6 p.m. to 9.p.m.

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Public Programs

\n< p style="text-align: justify\;">In additio n to exhibition-related adult and family workshops\, curator Alma Ruiz will give a public talk. Other events will include a family Craftlab family wor kshop.

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Craftlab drop in workshops are held on the second Saturday of eac h month from 1:30 to 3:30.

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 This exhibition is sponsored by Kathy Mea dowcroft\, the Consulate General of Argentina\, Los An geles\, and the Consulate General of Mexico\, L os Angeles.

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Please RSVP to 323.937.4230 x50 or rsvp@cafam.org

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