Baik Art Gallery

DOGS OF THE WORLD UNITE! (…THE ONLY PLACE TO SPIT) OR WHY MUST I FEEL LIKE THIS?

 

DOGS OF THE WORLD UNITE! (…THE ONLY PLACE TO SPIT) OR WHY MUST I FEEL LIKE THIS?

Juan Capistran

September 12 – October 17, 2015 | press release

 

  

ABOUT

 

Baik Art presents Dogs of the World Unite! (…the only place to spit) or Why must I feel like this?, a solo installation by Los Angeles-based multimedia artist Juan Capistran in which he examines contemporary life through the lens of Greek philosopher, Diogenes the Cynic (circa 412-323 BCE).

In this exhibition Capistran creates an enclosure within the gallery space that surrounds an empty plot of living grass. Outside the turf area, a sign tangles the distinction between the known and the unknown. Another sculptural marker based on Diogenes’ principles, combines a lamp, chain link, and remnant collar of a freed dog. On the wall above the enclosure, hang a series of photographs in which the artist is the central figure.

  

ARTIST

 


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JUAN CAPISTRAN

Juan Capistrán works in sculpture, painting, video, photography, drawing, installation, performance, and sound—whichever method best serves the specific project. A Mexican-born artist who grew up in a predominantly African American neighborhood in Los Angeles, Capistrán deftly maneuvers between subjects ranging from the civil rights movement to punk music to the art of the 1960s, blending practices, references, and themes into subversive critiques of American culture.

Capistrán’s work borrows equally from renowned artists such as Carl Andre, as well as hip-hop, disco, and gang culture, culminating in pieces and performances that often dip into the cool, distant nature of minimalism while referencing the politics inherent in the colored body. Frequently titled with references to pop culture, the work offers a broad entry point that shows Capistrán’s personal history with stark political expression.

Available Works

  

ADDITIONAL CONTENT

 



OUTDOOR WALL WORK | Juan Capistran | November 15, 2014 - February 14, 2015 | press release

OUTDOOR WALL WORK | Juan Capistran | November 15, 2014 – February 14, 2015 | press release



Yesterday-Tomorrow | Juan Capistran, Rakeem Cunningham, Aaron Sandnes, & Taravat Talepasand | March 21 – April 25, 2020 | press release | catalogue

Yesterday-Tomorrow | Juan Capistran, Rakeem Cunningham, Aaron Sandnes, & Taravat Talepasand | March 21 – April 25, 2020 | press release | catalogue