Mario Ybarra Jr.: The Tío Collection

Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum

July 19, 2012

A tribute to the artist’s family takes an
autobiographical approach to exhibition making
August 5–September 30, 2012

Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum
653 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 USA
Hours: Tue–Sat, 11–5pm; Sun, 12–5pm
Admission is free.

Examining the cultivation of his own style, the artist utilizes personal, cultural, and temporal elements to organize The Tío Collection, revealing how familial, generational, geographical, and cultural influences filter down and are inherent to who we become. Moving away from common stereotypes of the Mexican-American experience by portraying a diverse, multi-generational, and heterogeneous population, Mario Ybarra Jr.: The Tío Collection is an homage—an attempt to document the cultural field and add to the historical record the presence and contributions of the Chicano community in Santa Barbara as well as the United States.

Mario Ybarra Jr.: The Tío Collection will be on view from August 5 to September 30, 2012 and the public is invited to attend the opening August 4 from 6:30pm to 8pm.

Wilmington-based artist Mario Ybarra Jr. received an MFA from University of California, Irvine, and a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles. He is a visual and performance artist, educator, and activist known for combining street culture with fine art. Ybarra Jr. has exhibited internationally in major museums and galleries including: Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; and J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. In 2002, Ybarra Jr. and his wife, Karla Diaz, co-founded the artist-collective Slanguage, where Diaz oversees exhibitions and programming. He is represented by Honor Fraser, Los Angeles.

As a companion to the exhibition, a scholarly publication will document Mario Ybarra Jr.: The Tío Collection, providing in-depth information on the collection’s artifacts. This 136-page, full-color catalog will include color images, an introductory essay by CAF Executive Director Miki Garcia, and a scholarly text by Slanguage’s Karla Diaz.

Exhibition support
Special thanks to: Amigos805; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York; Susan E. Bower, Santa Barbara; Casa Magazine, Santa Barbara; The Daily Sound, Santa Barbara; The James Irvine Foundation, San Francisco; KCSB, Santa Barbara; Montecito MessengerSanta Barbara Independent; Santa Barbara News-Press; V3, Oxnard, CA; and Wayne McCall & Associates, Santa Barbara.

Also on view
Bloom Projects: Annie Lapin, History =ing
August 5–September 30, 2012

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About the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum
The Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (CAF) is a non-profit, non-collecting alternative art space dedicated to the exhibition, education, and cultivation of the arts of our time. Celebrating its 36th anniversary in 2012, CAF is the premier venue for contemporary art between Los Angeles and San Francisco. CAF is located at the Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center Upper Arts Terrace in downtown Santa Barbara, CA. New in 2012: visit our second location, CAF Satellite @ Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara at 121 State Street! For more information call CAF at T 805 966 5373, or Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara at T 805 966 6586.