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This is a digital work by Tristan Espinoza that depicts a blue cyanotype of an abstract plant form. The cyanotype image is positioned on the right side on top of a slightly lighter shade of the dark blue background. There is also a thin white line going down the middle of the work. Surrounding the work is a light blue background.

Tristan Espinoza
January 14 — April 22, 2021

Index, Interiors 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.


Tristan Espinoza’s Index, Interiors, presented the site-specific, web-based artwork, perennial, a project archiving the artist’s personal and cultural histories associated with Southern California’s ubiquitous citrus heritage. Espinoza indexes an array of recording and rendering approaches—from the hand-made artistic medium of cyanotypes to an obscured second-hand comprehension derived from artificial intelligence—poetically cultivating a discourse around societal relationships and distances to material experiences, memories, and their proxies.
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  • Tristan Espinoza, installation view of "Index, Interiors", 2021. image courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. photo: Jeff McLane.

Tristan Espinoza [b. 1995, Tamuning, Guam (he/they)] has exhibited internationally and in the US, in places such as the Archer Beach Haus, Chicago, IL; the Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL; Supplyframe DesignLab, Pasadena, CA; 187 Augusta, Medford, NY; and Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA. Espinoza is a current MFA candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles’ Design Media Arts program and holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.