Grand Opening of The Drawing Club
Saturday, October 22, at 2 – 6 p.m.
When the internationally acknowledged Los Angeles-artist Mario Ybarra Jr. opens his Drawing Club, Sigrid’s Space will be transformed into a huge art installation with a creative universe of drawings.
Mario Ybarra Jr. is known for his spectacular installations at Tate Modern in London and in many other art institutions. To the Aarhus Art Building’s satellite in Gellerup, he has designed a special room he calls “a Disneyland of Drawings”. In this room, his many drawings have been transformed into sculptures and large creations and with light and sound added, which creates an inspirational environment.
Mario Ybarra Jr. is the second artist in residence in Sigrid’s Space. During the next five weeks he invites people to join his Drawing Club where he will arrange workshops and have meetings with the local residents and operators in Gellerup. For many years he has worked with projects in L.A. where he developed the idea for The Drawing Club – a place where different cultures and art forms meet in a universe of drawings.
As an artist, Mario Ybarra Jr. is known for his social and activistic practice where he combines modern art with “street culture” and social reality. He often works on the edge of the mainstream culture and reveals hidden stories and formes of culture in the local societies.
With his background as a mexican-american artist, born in Los Angeles in 1973 and educated from University of California, he belongs to a new generation of artists with a multicultural background who unite different cultures in their artistic work. He is very experienced working with art as interdisciplinary and social meetings between different operators. He often mixes low- and high culture in critical and ironic installations, performances, public arrangements and workshops.
Ybarra Jr. has won wide international acknowledgement for his site-specific urban interventions that illuminates the less known aspects of a specific locality’s culture history, such as his solo exhibition on the Art Institute of Chicago (2008) and CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco (2007), and also his contribute to Whitney Biennalen, New York (2008), Prag Biennalen 3 (2007), Tate Modern (2007) and Serpentine Gallery (2006) in London.
During the next five weeks you have the opportunity of meeting and working with the popular artist from Los Angeles:
The Drawing Club: Runs every Wednesday from October 22nd - November 30th 2011, at 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Open Studio: Drop-in for a chat with the artist Tuesdays at 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. and Thursdays at 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. from October 22nd - November 30th 2011.
All workshops are free.
It is also possible to book Mario for a workshop or a meeting by appointment.
Contact: phone: 52 30 38 82.