Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents Justin Favela: "All You Can Eat" opening receptiom
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft will present “All You Can Eat,” a solo exhibition by mixed-media artist Justin Favela. Featuring larger-than-life piñatas depicting a visual feast of Tex-Mex cuisine, from “nachos supreme” to “chili con carne,” this site-specific installation, which is both playful and challenging, is intended to generate conversation about popular culture, the politics of food, and the Latinx experience in the U.S.
As a queer, brown, first-generation American of Guatemalan and Mexican descent, Favela takes charge of his personal narrative by embracing the medium of the piñata, a craft practice that has a longstanding history in the Latinx community. By cutting strips of paper, known as papel china, the artist meticulously covers armatures made from everyday materials, such as cardboard, insulation, and Styrofoam to create his large-scale sculptures. His use of piñatas, which are common in many households, enables him to speak to issues related to popular culture and to the Latinx experience in an incredibly accessible way.
The opening reception, which will also feature the opening of Tiff Massey: "A Different World" in the Front Gallery in the Main Gallery and open studios by the current resident artists, will have beer from Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. and tacos from PAN de TACO food truck available for purchase.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through September 1,