No. 247: Rafa Esparza, William Pope.L

Episode No. 247 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artists Rafa Esparza and William Pope.L.

Rafa Esparza is among the 26 artists included in “Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only,” the Hammer Museum’s biennial. The exhibition, which was curated by Aram Moshayedi and Hamza Walker, is on view through August 28.

Esparza’s work, which often mixes sculpture, site-specific installation and performance, addresses issues around queer and Chicano histories, as well as his own family experiences, especially with his father, Ramon Esparza. His work often, but not always, uses traditional and handmade adobe bricks as both a starting point and a reference. His work has been shown at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), at the Bowtie Project in co-operation with Clockshop and at Getty Center.

On the second segment, we’ll revisit host Tyler Green’s 2015 conversation with William Pope.L. With the Democratic National Convention’s final evening concluding two weeks of American political conventions tonight, it seemed like a good time to re-consider Pope.L’s magnificent Trinket (2008), which was installed at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 2015. Images of Trinket are here.

Air date: July 28, 2016.

Rafa Esparza making bricks with his father

Rafa Esparza making bricks with his father

Installation view of Rafa Esparza at "Made in L.A. 2016" at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

Installation view of Rafa Esparza at “Made in L.A. 2016” at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

Building Con/Safos at the Bowtie Project.

Building Rafa Esparza’s Con/Safos at the Bowtie Project.

Con/Safos at the Bowtie Project.

Rafa Esparza’s Con/Safos at the Bowtie Project.

Iris Hu and SarahDougherty as part of Rafa Esparza's Con/Safos at the Bowtie Project.

Iris Hu and Sarah Dougherty as part of Rafa Esparza’s Con/Safos at the Bowtie Project.

Rafa Esparza's Con/Safos at the Bowtie Project.

Rafa Esparza’s Con/Safos at the Bowtie Project.

Hamza Walker in Los Angeles's Elysian Park, participating in Rafa Esparza's installation for "Made in L.A." at the Hammer Museum.

Hamza Walker in Los Angeles’s Elysian Park, participating in Rafa Esparza’s installation for “Made in L.A.” at the Hammer Museum.

Aram Moshayedi in Los Angeles's Elysian Park, participating in Rafa Esparza's installation for "Made in L.A." at the Hammer Museum.

Aram Moshayedi in Los Angeles’s Elysian Park, participating in Rafa Esparza’s installation for “Made in L.A.” at the Hammer Museum.

Erin Christovale in Los Angeles's Elysian Park, participating in Rafa Esparza's installation for "Made in L.A." at the Hammer Museum.

Erin Christovale in Los Angeles’s Elysian Park, participating in Rafa Esparza’s installation for “Made in L.A.” at the Hammer Museum.

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