Juventino Aranda | Sculpture and Paintings


May 19 - July 2, 2022
Before I Wake
Opening reception: Thursday, June 2, 6-8pm
Artist talk: Saturday, June 4 at noon

August 23, 2022 - March 11, 2023
Juventino Aranda: Esperé Mucho Tiempo Pa Ver
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Washington State University
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Currently on view at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Washington State University through March 11, 2023
One-person exhibition Juventino Aranda: Esperé Mucho Tiempo Pa Ver



REFLECTIONS OF TOMORROW'S PAST (FOG OF WAR), 2022
Acrylic and resin on Pendleton wool over panel, and powder coated steel
60.25 x 459 inches over all, 9 panels of 68.25 x 53 x 2 inches each

REFLECTIONS OF TOMORROW'S PAST (FOG OF WAR), 2022
The work before us is in direct reference to Claude Monet's Water Lilies (1914-26) approximating its dimensions as well as the triptych's angled presentation at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Monet envisioned a circular installation of his lily paintings that would enfold the viewer in an expanse of water, flora, and sky. Aranda has superimposed various compositional elements from Monet's original onto his camouflage support: select lily pads, vegetation, and reflections are all called out as textural elements. Gone, however, is the luminous color of Monet's paintings. Instead, Aranda presents a dense and battlefield-like view, an antithesis to the beauty Monet envisioned and a reminder of what conflict may take away. Camouflage, after all, is designed to conceal and disguise.

*Aranda began working with Pendleton wool as a material for his art as early as 2015 — he was intrigued by the stages of production that require the movement of raw materials to mills in Oregon and Washington before the finished products are moved to worldwide retail locations. Trimmings, selvages, and headers, as well as unsold remainders, are returned to the Pendleton outlet.

For the artist, this became a metaphor for migration and deportation. It is worth noting that many workers at the Pendleton production locations are of Mexican descent. Aranda has also embraced the cultural associations Pendleton blankets present through their various patterned designs to Indigenous peoples, settlers, the National Parks, and now, a camo-pattern marketed to hunters and outdoor types.
—text provided by Ryan Hardesty, Executive Director/Curator of Exhibitions & Collections, from a converstation about with work with Juventino Aranda



    
Juventino Aranda installation views of Before I Wake, 2022


THE ENEMIES OF FREEDOM DO NOT ARGUE (THEY JUST SHOOT), 2022
Mouline stranded cotton embroidery on black cotton velveteen, corrugated cardboard, and artist's frame
60 x 38.5 x 2 inches
$8,000

Installation view of: THE ENEMIES OF FREEDOM DO NOT ARGUE (THEY JUST SHOOT), 2022





GOT A BEACH HOUSE I COULD SELL YOU IN IDAHO (PEARLY GATES FREE), 2022
Acrylic, oil stick, and resin on Pendleton wool
60 x 45 x 2 inches
$11,000


Installation view of: GOT A BEACH HOUSE I COULD SELL YOU IN IDAHO (PEARLY GATES FREE), 2022






Y LLEGARON LAS FLORES (THE FUNERAL), 2022
Acrylic, oil stick, and resin on Pendleton wool
70 x 52.5 x 2 inches
$13,000

Installation view of: Y LLEGARON LAS FLORES (THE FUNERAL), 2022





UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL, 2022
Acrylic and oil stick on canvas
75 x 55 x 2 inches
SOLD



WHEN THEY DO, I'LL BE RIGHT BEHIND YOU (CAPTAIN AMERICA), 2022
Acrylic and oil stick on Pendleton wool
60 x 53 x 2 inches
SOLD

Installation view of: WHEN THEY DO, I'LL BE RIGHT BEHIND YOU (CAPTAIN AMERICA), 2022





Installation view of:
Y TÚ, NI ME MIRAS, 2022
Cast bronze
13 x 9 x 7 inches
Edition of 3
$5,500





THE ONE THAT CALLS ITSELF OUR PROTECTOR AND MAKES US ITS SLAVES (GLACIER), 2022
Acrylic and oil stick on Pendleton wool
84 x 63 x 2 inches
$13,000

Installation view of: THE ONE THAT CALLS ITSELF OUR PROTECTOR AND MAKES US ITS SLAVES (GLACIER), 2022





POWER IS NOT A MEANS, IT IS AN END, 2022
Acrylic and oil stick on canvas
75 x 55 inches
SOLD




STUDY FOR PALMA, 2022
Grease pencil and oil stick on paper
22 x 16.5 inches
$1,200




STUDY FOR MACETA, 2022
Grease pencil and oil stick on paper
22 x 16.5 inches
$1,200




STUDY FOR GLACIER, 2022
Grease pencil and oil stick on paper
22 x 16.5 inches
SOLD