All That Glitters
by Mandy Cano Villalobos
Jul 12 – Sep 8, 2019
All That Glitters is an exhibition showcasing two-dimensional pieces, sculpture, and installation. This body of work spans a variety of mediums and processes to investigate personal and collective memory amidst the larger backdrop of cultural collisions and global narratives.
The works included combine ritualistic processes with materials that possess complex cultural associations. Often Cano Villalobos juxtaposes worthless rags and valuable goods. For example, the Corpus series is a collection of laboriously crafted vessels made of discarded clothing. Each vessel holds a substance that society deems desirable or necessary, such as salt, flour, or water. Other materials include burlap, tea, and imitation gold. Burlap, a fabric that connotes poverty and mourning, continues to function as a shipping material for coffee, sugar, and other products tainted by the saga of global trade. Tea possesses a similar history. A comforting staple for much of the world, the tea trade is wed to the Anglo colonization of India, as well as China’s Opium Wars. Gold - or rather, its imitation - points to what is pure and authentic, but does not deliver. Desire for true worth is negated, and the imitation only offers a shiny facade.
Cano Villalobos transforms our way of seeing these materials, integrating them with domestic items and imbuing them with human touch. The artist fuses her bodily presence with consumables that have long swayed economic and social power struggles. In this way, Cano Villalobos situates her practice and personal history within the context of larger global narratives and highlights societal desires for what has eluded us both now and in the past.
All That Glitters stems from an intense awareness of mortality. Obsessive sewing, binding, and marking become rituals that veil Cano Villalobos’ fixation with death and, ultimately, worth. She mines Greek myths, song lyrics, personal memories, Western literature, art history, ancient religions, and gender and racial identity to grapple with her own finitude. In couching her story within these grander themes, she seeks to expand the limitations of her life’s brevity.
Member Morning: All That Glitters
Thu, Jul 11, 2019
UICA Members can enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the galleries led by Juana Williams, UICA's Exhibition's curator. Members, click here to register for Member Morning: Summer Exhibition Series.
Opening Night Event
Fri, Jul 12, 2019
5:30 - 9:00 pm
Free for UICA Members;
Free with admission
Join UICA for the opening of our Summer Exhibition Series, including All That Glitters. Enjoy a cash bar, light refreshments, and a first look at the works on view.
Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or email@example.com at least 72 hours in advance.