Nasher Sculpture Center presents Giovanni Valderas: "Grit/Grind" opening day
The Nasher Sculpture Center will present the second exhibition for Nasher Public in the Nasher Store gallery, "Grit/Grind" by Dallas-born artist Giovanni Valderas.
The exhibition takes its point of departure from the American dream of freedom, mobility, and success that owning a car has traditionally represented. Valderas will place a single object in the gallery - a large, brightly colored piñata he created as a full-scale replica of the 1986 Nissan Sentra that was the first car his Guatemalan mother bought and in which she learned to drive.
Valderas’ project draws upon his memories of the independence having a car of their own granted to his family but also offers reflections upon the more sobering consequences of life among working poor families. For these communities, a car may be emblematic of a transitory life of frequent moves when the rent becomes too high or may even serve as a possible dwelling itself when other options are exhausted.
In "Grit/Grind," Valderas draws upon the humor and pathos generated by the impressively large, vividly colored effigy of an automobile made from inexpensive and readily available materials that is nonetheless as vulnerable to its environment as its inhabitants might be.
The exhibition will remain on view through December 6.