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Medium: Gossamer fabric
¡Provecho! by Justin Favela was commissioned by Boston Properties for the iconic Prudential Center in 2020 and created by Favela while in residence at Southern Oregon University (SOU) alongside SOU Creative Arts students. The Prudential Center installation was curated and produced by Now and There, a public art curatorial organization located in Boston, MA. This large-scale pinata-inspired tapestry was created to reflect and celebrate the strong cultural and economic significance of Latinx people.
¡Provecho! is fabricated from long strands of gossamer fabric meant to mimic the traditional tissue paper ornamentation found on the common party piñata. By spotlighting the piñata, a Mexican form that’s become ubiquitous across North America, Favela embraces stereotypes in order to dismantle them, spurring consideration of the many cultures that co-mingle in our favorite traditions, gathering places, and day-to-day interactions.
As a multidisciplinary artist, I am interested in exploring the notions of authenticity, place and identity using familiar materials to make large-scale installations, sculptures and paintings. My interest in art history, Latinx culture, community, celebration, home and my obsession with pop-culture inform my practice with the intention of dismantling institutional hierarchies.
Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, and known for large-scale installations and sculptures that manifest his interactions with American pop culture and the Latinx experience, Justin Favela has exhibited his work both internationally and across the United States. His installations have been commissioned by museums including the Denver Art Museum in Colorado, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas and El Museo del Barrio in New York. He is the recipient of the 2021 Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship. He holds a BFA in fine art from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Photo by Mikayla Whitmore