Mario Ybarra Jr.: The Tío Collection

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Mario Ybarra Jr.: The Tío Collection

653 Paseo Nuevo
Paseo Nuevo Mall Upper Arts Terrace
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
August 5th, 2012 - September 30th, 2012
Opening: August 4th, 2012 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

santa barbara
Tue.-Sat. 11-5 Sun. noon-5
mixed-media, installation, conceptual, modern


Main Gallery: Mario Ybarra Jr.: The Tío Collection
The exhibition Mario Ybarra Jr.: The Tío Collection is a museological tribute to the artist's family (tío means uncle in Spanish) featuring objects and artifacts collected by Ybarra Jr.'s five paternal uncles, one maternal uncle, and several uncles-in-law. Considering institutional critique projects by Fred Wilson or the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles, CA, and inspired by a recent trip to the archaeological Moesgård Museum in Højbjerg, Denmark, Ybarra Jr. deconstructs the traditional display of art and artifacts in museums and posits a space for the Chicano experience within the framework of California and US history. Using his uncles as a lens, Ybarra Jr. explores the ways his family shaped his style and outlook. The works displayed also sheds light on our innate desire to collect, create, and aestheticize the world around us.

Mario Ybarra Jr. received a MFA from University of California, Irvine and a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA. Ybarra has exhibited internationally in major museums and galleries from California to Cairo, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Tate Modern, London, England; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; and many more. In 2002, Ybarra and his wife Karla Diaz  co-founded the artist-collective Slanguage, where Diaz now oversees exhibitions and programming. He is represented by Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA.

Special thanks to: Amigos805; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York, NY; Susan E. Bower, Santa Barbara, CA; Casa Magazine, Santa Barbara, CA; The Daily Sound, Santa Barbara, CA; The James Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, CA; KCSB 91.9 FM, Santa Barbara, CA; Montecito Messenger; Santa Barbara Foundation, CA; Santa Barbara Independent; Santa Barbara News-Press; V3 Corporation, Oxnard, CA; and Wayne McCall & Associates, Santa Barbara, CA.


Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum
653 Paseo Nuevo
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Exhibition on view: August 5 – September 30, 2012

Saturday, August 4, 6:30-8 pm
Join us for the opening of Mario Ybarra Jr.: The Tío Collection and Bloom Projects: Annie Lapin, History =ing