Mario Ybarra Jr.

99 Cents or Less
Exhibition: May 19 – August 6, 2017
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Mario Ybarra Jr.

Got Tell It: Selections from MCASD's Collection
Exhibition: May 19 – August 20, 2017
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Mario Ybarra Jr.

Defining a New Normal: Arts.Activism.Outreach
Panelist: Amy Cabrera Rasmussen;
Tasha W. Hunter; Andi Xoch; and Mario Ybarra Jr.
University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach
Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 7:00pm

Glenn Kaino, Kaz Oshiro, Ry Rocklen, Mario Ybarra Jr., Brenna Youngblood

Vanity Fair
A New Crop of Artists Re-create
a Famed 1968 LACMA Photograph
By Bob Colacello
December 2016

Mario Ybarra Jr.

Tastemakers & Earthshakers:
Notes from Los Angeles Youth Culture, 1943–2016
Exhibition: October 15, 2016–February 25, 2017
Vincent Price Art Museum

Glenn Kaino, Ry Rocklen, Mario Ybarra Jr., Brenna Youngblood

L.A. Exuberance: New Gifts by Artists
Exhibition: October 30, 2016–April 2, 2017
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Mario Ybarra Jr.

Los Angeles Times
Artists talking about artists:
A new video series from LACMA
explores the collection
By Carolina Miranda
August 19, 2016

Glenn Kaino, Mario Ybarra Jr.

K.A.M.P. (Kids' Art Museum Project)
Sunday, May 22, 10am-2pm
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Mario Ybarra Jr.

Global Positioning Systems
Works from the Permanent Collection
Pérez Art Museum Miami

Mario Ybarra Jr.

LAND Discussion with Curator Ed Schad
Artist Panel and Reception
Saturday June 27, 2015, 7-9pm
Carousel at the Santa Monica Pier

Mario Ybarra Jr.

Slanguage at LAXART
Tofer Chin, "Three Keys"
John Zender Estrada, "Urban Portraits"
Opening Reception: Friday, April 17, 7-9pm

Mario Ybarra Jr.

Slanguage Studio
Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost
Exhibition: April 7-June 26, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 16, 6-8pm
18th Street Arts Center

Mario Ybarra Jr.

Join LAXart for "Declaration of Instigation"
Organized by Anna Sew Hoy
Featuring Paul Gellman, Jade Gordon,
Rebecca Morris/Gary Cannone, Paul Pescador,
Jennie Sorkin, A.L. Steiner, Mario Ybarra Jr.
Sunday, November 23, 2014


Mario Ybarra Jr. in The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project

LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) is presenting the second chapter of billboards as part of The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project featuring the work of Mario Ybarra Jr. in Mobile, AL from January 24 through March 19, 2014.

Mario Ybarra Jr. at San Jose Museum of Art

The exhibition Around the Table: food, creativity, community celebrates and explores the role that food plays in our lives. The agricultural bounty of our region has brought waves of immigration (Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Mexican, Vietnamese) and shaped a rich history of cultural diversity, which today we share in part via food.

Mario Ybarra Jr. at Creative Time Summit

Mario Ybarra Jr. talks about his local ad hoc art studio, Slanguage.

Mario Ybarra Jr. in Hyperallergic

Four Art Shows to See in Philadelphia: Mario Ybarra Jr, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, KAWS, The Barnes
By Brendan S. Carroll

Mario Ybarra Jr. has been an Artist-In-Residence at Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) for a couple of years. His current exhibition is based on his experiences with "B.O.D.," the graffiti crew he ran with as a teenager. ("B.O.D." is an acronym that can stand for anything, from Better off Dead to Brains on Drugs.)

Mario Ybarra Jr. in The New York Times T Magazine Blog

Art Comes to the Interstate
By Erica Bellman

This month, the cross-country art exhibition "The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project" starts with the artist Shana Lutker's ethereal cloudscapes on billboards posted on Interstate 10 in Jacksonville, Fla. The installation, which was curated by Zoe Crosher and Shamim M. Momin, will eventually include roadside posters by artists like Crosher and Mario Ybarra Jr. at stops all the way to Los Angeles.

Mario Ybarra Jr. at the fabric workshop and museum

The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) presents an exhibition of new work by artist-in-residence Mario Ybarra, Jr. whose work involves examining hidden histories of U.S. street culture through large-scale, mixed media installations. Ybarra, Jr.'s collaboration with FWM serves as a vehicle for telling a creative, visual narrative of his former street crew B.O.D., established in 1990.

Mario Ybarra Jr. and Karla Díaz on Creative time reports

"Actions Speak Louder Than Talk: Superheroes" is the first instructional episode in a year-long, youth-driven art initiative meant to engage bilingual students and teachers in cross-border conversations about identity, community and action. The videos have been used by eight high schools in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico as catalysts for dialogue about the violence that has ruptured both border towns as a result of the drug-cartel violence.

Mario Ybarra Jr. in Art In America

Los Angeles: Mario Ybarra Jr.
By Annie Buckley
April 2013

Mario Ybarra Jr.'s emotionally layered exhibition "Double Feature" was a compilation of two projects: "Scarface Museum," a collection of memorabilia from Brian de Palma's 1983 movie, which was a favorite of his childhood friend Angel Montes Jr.; and "Universal Monsters," five painted and two sculpted self-portraits based on characters from Universal Studios' sci-fi and horror films from the 1920s through the '60s.

Mario Ybarra Jr. in LA Times

Review: Mario Ybarra Jr. deftly mixes reality and fiction
By Holly Myers

In Double Feature, his first exhibition with Honor Fraser, Mario Ybarra Jr. explores the probably universal impulse toward cinematic identification, playing with the ways in which we project ourselves into the roles we encounter on the silver screen — or the flickering pixels of late-night television, as the case may be.

Mario Ybarra Jr. ARCO Madrid booth in ARTINFO top ten

10 Intriguing Highlights From ARCO 2013, From a Butcher Shop to an Unlit Booth
by David Ulrichs

Arco first-timer Honor Fraser's entire booth was turned into a kind of meat shop, with flat painted sculptures resembling pieces of meat by Mario Ybarra Jr. laid out in a storefront display.

February 15, 2013

Mario Ybarra Jr. at ARCO Madrid 2013

One of the most photographed works at ARCO 2013 is the Mexican American artist Mario Ybarra Jr.'s installation. For Los Angeles based Honor Fraser Gallery, he created an installation titled, " a cow visiting a butcher shop..."; a big musical butcher shop, with hams and cuts of meat made of wood.

February 12, 2013

Mario Ybarra Jr. in FlashArt

Patrick Steffen (PS) interviews Mario Ybarra Jr. (MY Jr.)

PS: What should the art world expect from you in 2013?

MY Jr: The art world will see some new solo projects from me. I'm working on a solo project booth with Honor Fraser Gallery for the international contemporary art fair ARCO in Madrid (13-17 February). I'm also working on a solo project with the Fabric Workshop Museum in Philadelphia, among other things.

January 14, 2013

Mario Ybarra Jr. in ARTINFO

ARTINFO's Yasmine Mohseni sat down with artist Mario Ybarra, Jr. shortly before the opening of "Double Feature" at Honor Fraser, his first commercial gallery exhibition in six years within his hometown of Los Angeles. Ten years into his career, the artist takes stock of his new work, patronage in L.A., and how to survive as an artist in the city.

January 10, 2013

Mario Ybarra Jr. in the Santa Barbara Independent

Mario Ybarra Jr.: The Tío Collection at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum
By Charles Donelan
August 7, 2012

A kind of warm-hearted anarchy has been set loose this month in the main galleries of the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum. There, Wilmington, California–based artist Mario Ybarra Jr.'s The Tío Collection builds off of the idea of extended family. Some of Ybarra's uncles either live in or grew up in Santa Barbara, and all of them participate enthusiastically in the Mexican-American culture of Southern California. For this show, the artist has selected a wide variety of emblematic objects that he or his uncles collected and has recontextualized them by placing them in the gallery, complete with display plinths, wall texts, and identifying labels.

August 7, 2012

Mario Ybarra Jr. in Huffington Post

Beyond the White Cube: Mario Ybarra, Jr., and His Tios
By Yasmine Mohseni
August 8, 2012

Mario was recently working on a project in Milan coincidentally during the city's fashion week, at which time he saw an advertisement for a fashion-related event called The Tio Collection. The title grabbed his attention and inspired this exhibition, which invites the viewer into Mario's universe through the display of personal objects such as family photographs, artifacts, and other handmade objects.

August 8, 2012

Slanguage Presents Artists Anonymous

Slanguage presents the second installment of the Artists Anonymous series during This is a Takeover! A 10 Year Survey of Slanguage, the current exhibition at LAXART for Made In L.A. 2012. This meeting led by artists Christopher Reynolds and Christina Sanchez will attempt to tackle issues of food politics through the language of art. Along with artist presentations and in-depth conversations over food, participants will be given the opportunity to share their thoughts, questions, and concerns for this ever-present topic within the current contemporary art discourse.

July 25, 2012
7:00 - 8:30PM

Mario Ybarra Jr. and Annie Lapin at Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum

In the self-titled exhibition Mario Ybarra Jr.: The Tío Collection, artist Mario Ybarra Jr. will construct a museological tribute to his family displaying both fictional and non-fictional objects from his uncles' lives, including his and their photographs, artifacts, and other handmade objects in a faux-history museum at CAF. Inspired by artists like Fred Wilson and the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles, CA, Ybarra Jr. examines and deconstructs the traditional display of art and artifacts in institutions of authority (e.g., museums and libraries), with a particular focus on the inclusion of the Chicano experience.

With allusions to a multiplicity of painterly spaces and affects, Annie Lapin's paintings examine and aestheticize the materiality of painting. Monochromatic paintings, composed from muddy paint residue are sourced from Lapin's used paintbrush jars. The paint also forms thick borders around the canvases, creating a "frame" of painting, made out of the paint itself. Calling into question notions of context and subjectivity, Lapin's highly distilled works consider the essence of painting and poetics.

Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum
August 5 - September 30, 2012

Slanguage World's Worst Words II at LAXART

World's Worst Words II [WWWII] a night of redefining, engaging and breaking down language through spoken word, music and performance featuring guest artists from some of Los Angeles' most dynamic and creative organizations including; Deondri Ruff _ Homeboy Industries, Jael Williams _ Homeland Cultural Center, Jumakae _ Duende and One Imagination, Rolando Riggio _ 826LA, Venessa Marco _ Da Poetry Lounge, Jessica Cornejo _ Heart and Soul and Inner-City Arts, Shonowa Villalobos _ Ell@s, Milan Bond _ Downbeat720, and DJ Emilio Venegas Jr. _ Wilmington Enrichment Community Artist Network (WECAN).

Curated by Slanguage, with production support by Mario Davila of LAartlab, WWWII is part of a 10-year history of Slanguage events supporting creative collaborations.

FRI | JULY 20 | 7–10PM

7:00 – 8:00 DJ Set
8:00 – 9:00 Spoken Word
9:00 – 10:00 Performance and Music

Time is Running Out to Vote for Mohn Award Recipient

Only 25 days remain to vote for the recipient of the Mohn Award!

Mohn Award Finalists include Slanguage (Karla Diaz and Mario Ybarra Jr., as well as Simone Forti, Liz Glynn, Meleko Mokgosi, and Erika Vogt.

Slanguage Community Art Day

Saturday July 21, 2012

Free Art Tour!
Free Art Activity for kids and adults!
Free Food!

Please join us to celebrate Slanguage Studio's 10-year anniversary of art and community engagement. Beginning the day with an exclusive gallery tour by Slanguage founders explaining its mission, intent and collaborative approach to art-making; followed by lunch and drinks; finally, join the artists in an-art-making activity.

Slanguage is a socially engaged artist-run collective led by Karla Diaz and Mario Ybarra Jr. along with various other collaborators from Los Angeles founded in 2002. An internationally recognized artist group, Slanguage For Made In L.A., has taken over the entire LAXART space through their project–This Is A Takeover!

Mario Ybarra Jr. included in Mohn Award selection

Congratulations to Mario Ybarra Jr. and Slanguage for being selected as finalists for the Mohn Award!

Slanguage to kick off Made in L.A. 2012

Made in L.A. 2012 opens on June 2nd with Slanguage at LAXART: THIS IS A TAKE OVER! A 10-Year Survey of Slanguage

June 2 – September 2, 2012
Public Opening
Saturday, June 2, 12-3pm

Founded in 2002 by Karla Diaz and Mario Ybarra, Jr., Slanguage is an artist group headquartered in Wilmington, California, a harbor area of Los Angeles. Currently, members make artwork, curate exhibitions, coordinate events, and lead art-education workshops. A diverse group at various points in their careers, Slanguage includes teenagers, street artists, and established mid – to late career artists, the majority of whom live and work in the greater Los Angeles area, especially Wilmington.

Organized by the Hammer Museum in collaboration with LAXART.

Honor Fraser Gallery is pleased to announce we now represent Mario Ybarra Jr.

Producing work in a wide range of media, Mario Ybarra Jr. carefully crafts narratives that blend formalist concerns and art historical sensibilities with popular culture and localized imaginaries. Reflecting his own experience as a Mexican-American growing up and living in Wilmington, CA, near the LA Harbor, Ybarra Jr.'s work investigates the politics of difference, drawing our attention to cultural production that is often marginalized and to the processes and power relationships that lead to such marginalization.

Mario Ybarra Jr. has exhibited internationally in Zurich, New York, Chicago, Toronto, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Miami. His work has been included in exhibitions and biennials such as "Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA (2008) and the 2008 Whitney Biennial, New York, NY.