HOY SPACE: Rafa Esparza
February 8 to April 25, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 8, 4 to 6 p.m.
Esparza is an East Los Angeles College alumnus and holds a BFA in art from UCLA, 2011. The artist has performed in a variety of spaces ranging from community engaged places such as AIDS Project Los Angeles, to galleries including Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Highways Performance Space, REDCAT, Human Resources, and SOMArts. His work ranges in medium from installation, sculpture and drawing to painting, and most predominantly, live performance.
Rafa Esparza’s HOY SPACE is about today. It’s about today as much as it is about the future, and it’s about the future as much as it is about the past.
The invitation to create work for VPAM’s HOY SPACE launched Rafa’s “public displays of affection,” a series of private and site-specific performances that evolved into this exhibition. In the space of the gallery, this project takes the form of an installation composed of casts of portions of trees from popular gay cruising grounds in the thick of Elysian Park, in Los Angeles. Rafa selected Elysian Park because it represents a return for him that is analogous to “coming home” to East Los Angeles College, the campus where he began his academic career. In creating this piece, Rafa came back to familiar ground at ELAC, and thereby made a journey that intersects between his former closeted self as a student on the campus and as a regular cruiser at the park. His journey conjures reflections and introspection amidst the ever-changing landscape that is Los Angeles.
In they spent their time doing nothing. they let intimacy fuse them., Rafa makes his own displays of affections visible, accessible, and creates an environment that gives him new perspectives on personal narrative. He will use HOY SPACE as both an exhibition space and studio, holding a dialectical exchange between it and public sites throughout East L.A. He is scheduled to perform on:
Saturday, March 15 & Saturday, April 12.
Stay tuned for times and locations on VPAM’s website: vincentpriceartmuseum.org
Rafa Esparza holds a BFA in studio art from the University of California, Los Angeles, 2011, and is an alumnus of East Los Angeles College. He is a multidisciplinary artist; his work ranges in medium from installation, sculpture and drawing, to painting, and most predominantly, live performance. His performances have taken place in a variety of spaces ranging from community-engaged locations such as AIDS Project Los Angeles, to galleries including Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Highways Performance Space, REDCAT and Human Resources, as well as in public sites throughout Los Angeles.