Downhearted Duckling

Chumash Chair, 2020
Adobe and Acrylic Paint
24 X 34 inches

November 14, 2020 through January 17, 2021

Downhearted Duckling Organized by Ryan Preciado

Diana Yesenia Alvarado, Mario Ayala, rafa esparza, Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, Alfonso Gonzalez Jr.

“Will you eat me Mr. Pussycat, please eat me, I’m serious”
Downhearted Duckling,
(Tom and Jerry), 1954

Downhearted Duckling is a personal offering by Ryan Preciado, inspired by his family history and fueled by an ongoing relationship to the violence of assimilation in the United States.
Through his creative practice, Ryan reconciles the apparent erasure of his Mexican and Chumash identities with the very real power of recovery and return.
While this erasure is evident in the exclusionary nature of the mainstream art world and its associated spaces, this exhibition is a conscious counterpoint, a gathering of artists that have taken unabashed modes of representation, abstraction, and experimentation and placed them at the epicenter of an honest new canon.

– rafa esparza

Throughout my life I have been culturally trying to piece myself together.
I would like to give the opportunity for others to explore themselves as I have through these artists .
To be proud of who they are.

– Ryan Preciado

November 22nd, 2020