Eduardo Sarabia


hand-painted fiberglass jar and enamel
122 x 59 7/8 x 59 7/8 inches

Eduardo Sarabia’s work has been inspired by the independent economies and folk history of northern Mexico. He frequently works with the materials favored by local craftspeople, using ceramic tiles, hand-woven textiles, and glass to create sculptures and installations that address the complex exchanges—social, cultural, and material—that occur when this region and its history encounters outsiders. Without limiting himself to a critique of the “exoticization” of Mexican culture, Sarabia examines the gap separating definitions of taste (and, more bluntly, of legality). Mixing romantic visual narratives in regards to illegal matter, fine arts and commerce, creating an environment that slips between the oneiric and the openly materialistic, Sarabia’s work takes on an important exploration of understanding the physical and human consequences of economic forces.

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His work has been exhibited in numerous museums such as Tamayo Museum, Mexico City; Centro Cultural Cabañas, Guadalajara; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Oaxaca; ASU Art Museum, Tempe; Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; LACMA, Los Angeles; and New Museum, New York. He participated in the 2008 Whitney Biennial, and has been invited to be an artist in residence at Tokyo Wonder Site in Tokyo, Japan, where he completed a large public ceramic mural. Eduardo Sarabia: This Must Be the Place was on view earlier this year at Dallas Contemporary.

Work can be installed indoors or outdoors.