Colección: "Singular Figures" organized by Pablo Cristi (online exhibition)

a print of Tupac Shakur in blue ink

About Singular Figures

Singular Figures is a grouping of work that focuses on the individual. Through various mediums, these artists have chosen to focus on a single person as their subject matter. The gaze of the individual is largely directed at the viewer with minimal information surrounding the person. These works echo the centuries long tradition of humans drawing and painting singular figures.

It is exciting to see the multitude of approaches given the simple unifying theme. It leads me to ask: who is this, why this person, and how are they related to the artist?

About the Organizer

Pablo Cristi is an artist born and raised in Los Angeles. Born to Chilean parents escaping the Pinochet regime, Cristi’s work is motivated by an active political awareness and is steeped in a critical inquiry of power, representation and history. His investigations of the colonial past, present, and future often take the form of paintings and sculptural objects that deconstruct and commingle urban visual vernaculars. By articulating strategies of cultural erasure, survival, and transformation, Cristi’s work produces counter-hegemonic narratives that allow a critical reanalysis of the status quo.

Cristi is also an arts educator in the visual art program at Oakland School for the Arts. Cristi is a graduate of the MFA program at California College of the Arts, San Francisco, and was awarded the Barclay Simpson Award in 2009. He has recently exhibited his work in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Tokyo, Japan.

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