S1F Gallery presents
a solo exhibition of new work in sculpture, drawing and site-specific installation
by Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza.
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 30th, 6-9pm
With musical performance by Summer/Mune
Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza maintains her stronghold on modest and humble materials: paper, colored pencil, and Shrinky Dinks plastic. She painstakingly reconstructs and transforms by hand mass-produced, machine printed objects like newspaper, ruled paper, and playing cards. These facsimiles transcribe the “original” with cultural specificity and personal history.
Mendoza’s visual language is informed by an aesthetics of economy. She inscribes renewed meaning on everyday, familiar objects that go unnoticed or are taken for granted. By meticulously rendering an effigy for the faceless and forsaken, she honors the existence of even the humblest subjects.
At S1F Gallery, Mendoza will install a site-specific mountain of alternating stacks of blank newsprint and a wall of bricks made from pressed layers of individual sheets of printed newspaper, referencing Da Vinci’s Vitrivian Man but rescaled to her proportions. She complicates the construction of the ideal body and its substance by building with media that depends on information distributed and consumed on a daily basis.
Other works included in the show are a flag of 50 sheets of ruled paper drawn on “Shrinky Dinks” plastic, various types of housing made with a plethora of different building materials, and bound volumes of journals. Using only the title, dedication and notes pages, these latter structures chronicle the four periods during which Mendoza lived as a child in Southern California after immigrating to the United States in 1970. omitted explores her personal experience of immigration through a translation of everyday materials.
Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza is 1.5 generation Filipino-American. She received her BA in Studio Art from California State University, Los Angeles and MFA in Painting from Claremont Graduate School.