@ the Riverside Art Museum

July 14 – September 22, 2012

Reception: July 14, 2012, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Participating Artists: Elana Mann, Evelyn Serrano, Mobile Mural Lab, Radames “Juni” Figueroa, Angelica Muro, Juan Luna-Avin, Juan Chavez, Cynthia Herrera, Ari Kletzky.

You Are Breathing In It! is the answer that Slanguage Studio founders Karla Diaz and Mario Ybarra, Jr. give when, upon visits to their studio, they are asked the inevitable question, ‘Where is your art?’ This groundbreaking exhibition at the Riverside Art Museum examines the concept and space of the ‘artist’s studio’ as a unique platform for developing dialogues, relationships, and greater community involvement through questions relating to public space, civic engagement, and community.

An expansive two-gallery exhibition with ongoing activities and companion events, You Are Breathing In it! offers a selection of contemporary, interactive media that travel far beyond the realm of formal aesthetics. The underlying objective of the works in the exhibit is to serve as a vehicle for engaging discussion, diversification and increased accessibility, and cultivating meaningful relationships and experiences in an art context that is at once playful, commanding, and increasingly relevant within sociopolitical spheres. Accompanying events and activities during the exhibition’s run will include: a ‘student symposium’ project to be shown as part of the exhibition, a performance by Elana Mann, film screenings by Tijuana media art collective Bulbo, an interactive mural project hosted by Mobile Mural Lab, and artist Ari Kletzky’s ‘They Woke The World’ project; a living monument in honor of the suffrage movement and women’s rights.

Karla Diaz is a celebrated curator, artist, writer, and co-director of Slanguage Studio, an artist space and art collective based out of Wilmington, California. Diaz has presented work and coordinated exhibits at renowned local venues, including: The Getty Museum, MOCA, and LACMA, as well as internationally, throughout Spain, Egypt, and Mexico.

This exhibition is made possible by the James Irvine Foundation and the City of Riverside.