Contemporary Art in the Americas Arte Contemporáneo en las Américas
staring at the sun

staring at the sun

Rafa Esparza; curated by Marco Antonio Flores

MASS MoCA North Adams, Massachusetts, USA January 19, 2019 – December 1, 2019

Rafa Esparza first used the labor-intensive process of hand-making adobe bricks in 2014. Extending the skill he learned from his father—who made adobe bricks in Mexico to sell and to build his first home—Los Angeles-based Esparza hand-made approximately 1,400 adobe bricks to cover the surface of Michael Parker’s sculpture, The Unfinished. Through this project the artist

Rafa Esparza, Border Wash: Mexican immigrant laborers sprayed with DDT at processing center in Hidalgo,Texas—after Leonard Nadel, 1956 (2019). Acrylic on adobe panel (local dirt, horse dung, hay, Hoosic River water, chain-link fence, plywood). Image courtesy of MASS MoCA. Photo by Kaelan Burkett Rafa Esparza, Hector and Jose Polio as Hero Twins: Hunahpu and Xbalanque (2019). Acrylic on adobe panel (local dirt,