Luis Flores: Because of You, In Spite of You
October 2, 2022 — January 8, 2023
Luis Flores’s largely autobiographical work functions as an account of emotions and experiences accumulated as a young man within a toxic masculine culture. Transformational events, such as getting married and becoming a father, have profoundly affected Flores, motivating him to view the world differently. In this exhibition, Flores uses crocheted and bronzed sculptures to create a Monster Rally setup as a metaphor for parental love. The artist depicts a couple holding steady the ramp on which a small Monster Truck glides safely while a second truck triumphantly breaks through barriers. Because of You, In Spite of You depicts a transitional moment for the artist, keen to trade a painful past for an optimistic and promising future for the benefit of his children.
This exhibition is supported in part by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.
Image: Luis Flores, Monster Truck, 2022. Yarn, bronze, ABS, EPS. © Luis Flores 2022. Courtesy of the artist and Matthew Brown. Photo: Ed Mumford.