Jun. 1 @ 12:00 pm – Jun. 30 @ 7:00 pm
Support our June 2022 Changarrito Artist, Karla García! In the spirit of Changarrito, the pop-up mobile art gallery where artists can sell their work to the public, Changarrito with Karla García allows the artist to bring their work to you. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for updates on original work available for purchase as well as behind the scenes of the artist’s work, space, and creative process.
About the Artist:
Karla García, Originally from the border of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico and El Paso, Texas, now resides in Dallas, Texas. She has an MFA in Ceramics and certification in Museum Education from the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton. She has worked as an adjunct professor at Dallas College, and as a contractor educator for the Dallas Contemporary Museum. She is currently part of an art collective with past Changarrito artists Tina Medina and Eliana Miranda.
Migration is oftentimes a necessity for a better life. As individuals we carry the memories of our homes, friendships and our own unique stories. This body of work is a continuation of my previous explorations of migration and memory. My work is rooted in the desert landscapes of the cities I grew up in Mexico and the United States. Cacti plants are translated into organic sculptures made with terracotta clay. The sculptural forms connect the plant, the body, and earth, vary in scale, and represent memories that have been eroded by time.
I am influenced by works that speak of the human condition through their material choices such as the installations by Damian Ortega, Teresa Margolles, Doris Salcedo, Gabriel Orozco, among others. My ceramic influences include Torbjorn Kvasbo, Annabeth Rosen, Francisco Toledo, and ancient Mexican ceramic vessels and sculptures.
In my installations and through my exploration of materials and migration, I also create drawings with clay on paper that reflect the abstracted landscape of the desert on both sides of border and create moments of introspection about our shared land that connects rather than separates us.
About Changarrito Project:
Changarrito is an art vending cart, conceptualized by artist Maximo Gonzalez as an alternative to the official gallery selection presented by the Mexican cultural authorities. Faithful to their original, informal spirit, Changarritos exist throughout the world, evolving as forums for the sale of original artwork to the general public, presentation of public programs, special curatorial projects, individual and collective exhibitions. True to the Mexic-Arte Museum’s mission, the Changarrito is dedicated to the presentation and promotion of contemporary Latinx and Latin American art.
Changarrito vending cart:
True to the Mexic-Arte Museum’s mission, the Changarrito and Changarreando are dedicated to the presentation and promotion of contemporary Latinx and Latin American art. Normally, artists have the opportunity to sell their art on the Changarrito cart in front of the Museum (or an offsite location, as representative for the Museum during various Austin festivals). Changarreando expands the reach of the artist by presenting their gallery online, while allowing the option to sell merch over Instagram and receive 100% of the sale. For each Changarrito/Changarreando artist, the Museum acquires a work of art for its permanent collection.
Presenting Changarrito Virtual Component:
As of Spring 2020, the Mexic-Arte Museum has added a virtual component to the Changarrito Artist Residency, allowing Changarrito artists to not only showcase their artwork on the Changarrito vending cart, but also to the museum’s Facebook and Instagram audience for the month the Changarrito Artist Residency takes place. Artists are allowed to showcase themselves or artwork through ten to twelve Facebook and Instagram posts for the entire month and get the chance to be interviewed via an Instagram Live interview by Mexic-Arte Museum’s Curator Of Exhibitions and Director Of Programs, Isabel Servantez during the last Tuesday or Thursday of the month. The Instagram Live interview is optional.
Chosen artists will be able to display their artwork, create video and picture posts, sell their artwork, and walk us through their artistic process throughout the month. Rules on posting: 3 posts per week for a total of 10 – 12 posts for the whole month, via Mexic-Arte Museum’s Instagram account (@mexic_arte) and Facebook account (@mexicarte).