Mutate – Leonardo González, Marton Robinson, Paul Rosero Contreras
Curated by Beatriz Cortez
Opening: Saturday, September 16, 7-10pm
Live performances: Sunday, September 17 from 5-8pm
Show runs from September 16 – October 18, 2017
For Mutate Leonardo González’s Cabbages and Kings, Martón Robinson’s Eat Me / Bite Me, and Paul Rosero Contreras’s Fresh, merge into a collaborative installation that offers the public a variety of products made with coffee, chocolate, and bananas. The selection of specialty drinks includes a type of coffee that may be impacted by the Chevron oil spill in the Amazon region in Ecuador, and a variety of cocktails once offered by the Untied Fruit Company to its investors in locations removed from the Honduran bananas plantations, mainly, London, New York, and New Orleans, as well as a variety of figures that engage with the practice of consuming dark immigrant bodies as part of the Major League Soccer spectacle.
Leonardo González (Honduras, 1982) graduated from the National School of Fine Arts in Honduras (2001). His work was included in the X Central American Biennial (2016), the 56th Venice Biennial (2015), and the XXXI Pontevedra Biennial, among others. He lives and works in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Marton Robinson (Costa Rica, 1979) has an interdisciplinary background with studies in Physical Education and Art, and is completing his MFA at the Roski Schol of Art at USC (2018). He has shown his work at the X Bienal Centroamericana; el Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo (MADC) and Fundación Ars TEOR/éTica in San José Costa Rica; as well as the Getty Center and Eastside International in Los Ángeles, among others.
Paul Rosero Contreras (Ecuador, 1982) holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (2015). His work was included in the Moscow Biennial (2016), the Venice Architecture Biennial (2014), and the XI Cuenca Biennial (2011), among others. He lives and works in Quito, Ecuador.
PST LA/LA shows that these works relate to:
This exhibition relates to several of the exhibitions in PST LA/LA, particularly Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas at UCR ARTSblock; Visual Voyages: Images of Latin American Nature from Columbus to Darwin at the Huntington Library; and A Universal History of Infamy at LACMA and other venues.