juan luna-avin: untitled (XHGZ1)

Untitled (XHGZ1), 2010
Mixed media sculpture (fired clay, acrylic, ink, wood, paper, sculpey, Elmer’s glue and leather cord).

This mixed media clay sculpture emulating a speaker is a part of a series of artworks depicting music instruments and equipment. A very limited quantity of these one-of-a kind artworks are available for sale since they are only intended to be part of a large installation and not as individual works.
Born in Mexico City, Juan Luna-Avin is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work examines individual and collective identities through the lens of youth cultures and rock n’ roll music. His current projects reflect a strong emphasis on researching the history of Latin American music, especially Mexican punk.

His work has been shown at such venues as Stanford University, San Jose State University, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Queen’s Nails Projects, SOMARTS Cultural Center, MOCA Los Angeles, El Museo del Barrio (NYC), Cinders Gallery (Brooklyn), and Ceroinspiracion in Quito, Ecuador. In 2007, he collaborated with artist Julio Cesar Morales on a public art project commissioned by the City of San Jose. Since 2004, he has been a member of Club Unicornio, a San Francisco-based collective of artists-DJs who play underground, kitschy, and experimental music from Latin America. They have performed locally and nationally, including for the UCLA Hammer Museum’s “Also I Like to Rock” summer series. He holds an MFA in Art Practice from Stanford University and a BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, where he was an Osher Scholar. Recent awards include a Suzanne Baruch Lewis MFA Grant (2010) and a McNamara Family Creative Arts Grant from the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (2009). He is currently a Lecturer in the Visual & Public Art Department at California State University, Monterey Bay.


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