Maru GarciaMarch 4 — April 22, 2021
membrane tensions installation view, 2021. image courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. photo: Jeff McLane.
The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) presented a series of four solo exhibitions featuring newly commissioned work by Los Angeles artists Panteha Abareshi, Alexandre Dorriz, Tristan Espinoza, and Maru Garcia. These series of exhibitions reimagined the role of the gallery experience for our current times by presenting research-based artists outside of the white box.
Maru Garcia’s exhibition featured a multifaceted time-based installation commissioned especially for the LAMAG. Her installation, membrane tensions, was made up of three in-gallery components: an active laboratory of live cultures (yeast and bacteria) to harvest cellulose for the other two components; an intervention light into of gallery’s windows with the cellulose; and an installation of suspended sculptural forms also made from cellulose. The site-specific installation was monitored, documented, and presented through online
streaming from LAMAG’s website.
Maru Garcia [b. Puebla, Mexico (she/her)] has participated in conferences, solo and group exhibitions in North America, Europe, and Asia. She was an artist in residence in the National Center of Genetic Resources in Mexico. She received awards from Los Angeles Sustainability Collaborative, Clifton Webb Scholarship for the Arts, and Fundación Jumex. She is based in LA and holds an MFA in Design & Media Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.S. in Biotechnology and B.S. in Chemistry from Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico.