Friday, February 22, 2019

Award-winning San Antonio Artist Jose Villalobos Tackles Toxic Masculinity in New Solo Exhibition ‘Cicatrices (Scars)’

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2019 at 9:22 AM

click to enlarge JOSE VILLALOBOS PHOTOGRAPHED BY MARC AREVALO
  • Jose Villalobos photographed by Marc Arevalo
The trappings of South Texas Latino culture get an irreverant, flamboyant spin in the work of multimedia artist Jose Villalobos. Raised in El Paso in a conservative, religious Mexican-American family, he often transforms his own life experiences and
click to enlarge A TEASER FOR VILLALOBOS’ CAM SHOW “CICATRICES”
  • A teaser for Villalobos’ CAM show “Cicatrices”
observations into visually arresting sculptures, installations and performances that comment on gender stereotypes, gay identity and machismo culture.

A UTSA graduate and co-director of Beacon Hill’s Clamp Light Artist Studios & Gallery, Villalobos has earned press and praise for bodies of work involving suspended cowboy hats tricked out with layers of fringe, deconstructed cowboy boots, Western shirts emblazoned with the contrasting terms “Macho” and “Maricon,” and stamped leather belts defiantly reclaiming derogs like “Jotito” and “Puto.” In 2018, he was one of 25 artists from across the country to earn a $25,000 Painters and Sculptors grant from the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation.

In what’s likely to be one of the highlights of this year’s Contemporary Art Month (CAM), Villalobos is taking over Presa House Gallery with “Cicatrices (Scars),” a solo show that sees the artist “dismantling traditional modes of masculine identity” and protesting “the toxicity of machismo.” Through deconstructed and altered objects associated with norteño culture and a one-time performance during the First Friday reception, the exhibition also aims to juxtapose “distress with a feeling of comfort deriving from patriarchal and religious social structures which marginalize gay identity.”    Get our top picks for the best events in San Antonio every Thursday morning. Sign up for our Events Newsletter.

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