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Andrew Alba: Gas Station Honeydew

Jun 28, 2019 – Aug 24, 2019

Andrew Alba, Retato Con Fresa/Manzana Bandana, 2019, Oil on canvas, 66 × 107 × 1 1/2 in

As a child of a Mexican-American father and a white mother, Alba’s work balances lines of identity and representation by presenting brown people in white spaces. His paintings and sculptures frequently repeat images of fruit, worn out cars with nice rims, and gas station logos.

Alba produces work, in a way that is raw, quick, immediate, using reclaimed drop cloths, drywall mud, and reclaimed lumber taken from his job sites.  While not archival quality or what a traditional oil painter or sculptor would use, he is attracted to how these materials become representations of the blue-collar experience of working till you die.

His artwork is for tired, working people.

Supported by ZAP, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, and George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation.