ltd los angeles is pleased to present Donna Huanca's first West Coast solo exhibition, SEEING AURAS, featuring a new installation of paintings and sculpture. A performance will inaugurate the exhibition on the evening of January 25th.
Huanca’s installations fuse tactile materials, such as clothing, shoes and ephemera to create architectural collages that are performative in nature. Working primarily with deconstructed clothing, dipped in paint and solidified, the sculptural gestures pause the once-fluid life of the garment.
During the January 25th performance, the works interact with the vulnerability of live models, camouflaged and infused into the sculpture, giving life to otherwise static artworks.
Huanca uses found materials that are collected on various trips around the world. These pieces become beacons for artworks, displaying an exterior layer on her actors' mammalian skins, remarking upon a primordial and complex system of socialization, that of clothing. The results are distinct and precise observations on the function of the garment as an ever-evolving manner of language production and a form of cultural transmission.
Born in Chicago, Huanca received a BFA from the University of Houston (2004) and studied at Städelschule, Frankfurt, Germany (2009-10). Huanca lived and worked in Mexico City in 2012 as a Fulbright Scholar. Huanca has developed a nomadic practice producing site-specific, experience based projects throughout the United States, Austria, Mexico, Peru, Germany, Sweden and Korea.
Publications of her work have been featured in DazedDigital, Wire, British Vogue, F5 Moscow, NY Arts, Blouin Artinfo, Art in America, and the Younger than Jesus Artist Directory published by the New Museum, NY amongst others.
Recent exhibitions include: RAW MATERIAL at Malmö Konsthall, Sweden, 2013 Arnhem Fashion Biennale, Netherlands, Pioneer Voices at the Gallery of Northern Norway, PANIC FEAR CRYING FITS at PRETEEN Gallery, Mexico.