Executed in 2009, this work is from an edition of 18 unique multiples. Fusing imagery of illegal contraband (from busty naked ladies, to cannabis leaves and hand guns) and more traditional decoration (cockerels, wildebeest, and even a stray parrot), Eduardo Sarabia’s hand painted vases refer to his Mexican heritage and parody the cultural clichés surrounding drug smuggling, illegal trade and machismo.
Extended from his first series, ‘A Thin Line Between Love and Hate’, each vase is unique within an edition of 18. Cast from molds, the vases are hand painted, fired and glazed and then packed as part of a contraband aesthetic, nestled in branded cardboard boxes suitable for shipping and suggesting something of the smuggled about them. The vases take on an ornamental and narrative purpose, melding traditional, rustic decoration with Mexican story telling and imagery. They are international and well travelled, referring to a humorous overturning of classical imagery where naked women bathe in public baths situated above a high rise city of tower blocks.
Sarabia’s ceramic editions have crossed borders safely to Other Criteria – snap them up before they get deported.
Born in Los Angeles in 1976, Eduardo Sarabia obtained a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles and now lives and works in Los Angeles, Guadalajara and Berlin.
Sarabia is known for creating fake evidence for semi-fictional events, using performance, drawing, painting, ceramics, photographs and sculpture to document events and ideas. His Latino heritage is an influence in his work, with its cultural symbols appearing throughout.
The artist has published several exhibition catalogues and undertaken international projects including Salon Aleman, for the 21c Museum’s 3rd Annual Pajama Party, June 2008, Louisville, Kentucky and Salon Aleman, organized by Eduardo Sarabia in collaboration with unitednationsplaza, Berlin, Germany, 2006-2007.
Recently Sarabia has partaken in numerous international group shows, including I Love New York, I-20 Gallery, New York, USA, 2001; OIL, Triangle Project Space, San Antonio, Texas, USA, 2004; Poles Apart Poles Together. (Curated by Juan Puntes and Doron Polak), 51st Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, 2005; Body and Geography, (curated by Jeanette Zwingenberger) Musee des Beaux-Arts, Lille, France, 2006 and Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA, 2008. Recent solo exhibitions include Project Room: Eduardo Sarabia. (Curated by Ciara Ennis). Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, California, USA, 2002; Eduardo Sarabia/Eric Wesley, Sutton Lane, London, UK, 2003; Art Nova, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, Florida, USA (I-20), 2005 and 2006; Museo Raúl Anguiano, Guadalajara, Mexico, 2008 and History of the World-Eduardo Sarabia, LA Louver, Los Angeles, USA, 2008.