COLOR PIÑON is the color of a pine seed. It is also the way Los Angeles-based artist UNOPUEDE's grandfather used to describe his skin color to his differently-hued family members many years ago. In Color Piñon, his third solo exhibition, UNOPUEDE continues to work with found materials that reflect not only his personal history, but that of his community.
Collecting discarded signage from the sidewalks and streets—"For Rent" signs, yard sale postings, public notices—UNOPUEDE layers them into sleekly designed collages that ultimately house the wayside stories of working people. Both rough and exquisite with a Bauhaus design sentiment, these recent collages pair the textures of corrugated cardboard and aged paper with the rich and glossy surface of wood stain.
Though UNOPUEDE has mostly worked in small format, the works exhibited in Color Piñon will be larger scale, alluding to the all-encompassing nature of what he's taking on: the condition of being brown-skinned in this country. With these large collages he is reflecting on the entirety of that experience, as manifested through his family's struggle to put food on the table, his neighbor's hustle to pay rent, or his community's battle for immigrant and labor rights.