El Paso-based artist Adrian Esparza creates artworks from mass-produced consumer goods such as t-shirts, serapes, and posters. He deconstructs these source materials and reconfigures them into geometric patterns, thereby disrupting the object’s original intent. The handmade grids and designs often refer to the US/Mexico border, and also provide warmth and cultural significance to the rigid impersonality that is associated with mechanical grids and digital pixels.
Esparza received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 1998. He has had solo exhibitions at Cue Art Foundation, New York, New York (2004) and The Conduit Gallery Project Room, Dallas, Texas (2003). His work has been included in many group exhibitions, including Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California (2008); Unknitting: Challenging Textile Traditions, Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at the University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas (2008); and New American Talent: The Twenty-First Exhibition, Arthouse, Austin, Texas (2006).