Mario Ybarra Jr.

Painter to Pointer

- ENROLLMENT CLOSED - This course is a conceptual and practical exploration of the medium of image-making. Through the exploration of wet media to social media, students will move between painting as an art medium and how it can amplify its effect in relation to site, audience, context, and social engagement. As an artist who has often combined teaching with his art practice, Ybarra Jr. believes in a robust lived practice of art that informs his approach to the creation of images and art in general. Ybarra Jr.’s practical assignments will shake up his students’ practice and introduce them to key concepts. The class explores professional practices such as building networks of mutual support, exploring creative strategies for social media and digital distribution, and working with galleries, institutions, and public venues.

Feb 10th - Mar 24th

7-9:30 pm EST



Mario Ybarra Jr. (1973), a Mexican-American conceptual artist, was born and raised in Los Angeles. His artwork operates as examinations of excluded social norms, often examining complete environments, histories, and narratives. He received an MFA from the University of California Irvine and a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design. He has been featured in many local, national, and international exhibitions/fairs including the 2008 Whitney Biennial, the Tate Museum in London, at the Orange County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, MOCA Los Angeles, MOCA Detroit, the ICA Boston, Museo De Cervantez Spain, ARCO Fair 2011 and 2013, LACMA, the Art Institute of Chicago, among others. In 2002, in partnership with his wife Karla Diaz, he co-founded Slanguage (an artist-run space/collective in Los Angeles that hosted art exhibitions, residencies, and programming for youth and adults). He has been featured as a speaker in many national and international venues including most notably at the Creative Summit in New York, and Art Pace San Antonio.

Mario Ybarra, Maravilla Mural Restoration, 2014, Archival matte photograph, Courtesy of the artist.
Mario Ybarra Jr., The Curry Corndog Stand, Project Broadway, 2008, Installation, Los Angeles, Courtesy of the artist.
Mario Ybarra, Jr., in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, Books Of Drawings, Beyond Our Dreams, Blame Our Dads, Brains On Drugs, Better Off Dead (installation view), 2013. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
Mario Ybarra Jr., Like a Cow Visiting a Butcher Shop, 2013, ARCO Madrid Art Fair, Courtesy of the artist.

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