Modesto Covarrubias: Liminal

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Liminal , 2010 Site-specific Installation; Tracing Paper, Glue and Wood Variable © David Pace
Modesto Covarrubias: Liminal

560 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113
April 10th, 2010 - July 3rd, 2010
Opening: May 7th, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Peninsula/South Bay
Tue-Fri 10-5; Sat 12-5; Closed Sun-Mon
Mills College
Contemporary art conceptual, modesto covarrubias, futility tower mixed-media installation


"Modesto Covarrubias: Liminal" is an immersive sculptural installation by San Jose native Modesto Covarrubias, on view at the ICA from April 10 to July 3. An artist talk  will be held on Thursday, June 10 from 7pm to 9pm.

"Modesto Covarrubias: Liminal" explores ideas related to shelter, memories and imagined space. As the first emerging artist to participate in the ICA’s series of immersive solo exhibitions, Covarrubias joins established Bay Area artists including Theodora Varnay Jones, Christel Dillbohner, Chris Dorosz, Lewis DeSoto and Tim Horn, who have also presented large-scale installations in the ICA’s Focus Gallery.

As a child, Covarrubias built forts, houses and spaceships – drawing elaborate plans and maps to render his creations. He has long been involved in investigations of space and how it can alter and be altered by one’s mental state. And just as the artist created forts, rooms and spaces as a child to transport himself into fantasy worlds, he employs similar processes today to explore and portray his present-day emotions and experiences. Covarrubias’ multi-media pieces are constructed primarily from paper attached or hung from a room–sized armature made from materials including steel wire, monofilament, wood, and PVC pipe.

Modesto Covarrubias is a San Jose-native who lives and works in Berkeley, CA. Covarrubias recently graduated with a MFA in Studio Art from Mills College, and in 2005 earned a BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. Covarrubias’ work has been exhibited in Italy, New York City and throughout the Bay Area.

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Liminal is supported in part by a generous grant from the Castellano Family Foundation. Additional support provided by the James Irvine Foundation.