El Shop

H. Dio Mendoza and Pilar Agüero-Esparza

Artists H. Dio Mendoza and Pilar Agüero-Esparza will complete a summer residency in South Central Los Angeles at the shoe repair shop of Aguero-Esparza’s dad. This summer residency will be a type of apprenticeship in which they will learn the entire process of designing and fabricating the traditional Mexican sandal – el huarache. For Out of the Garage, Mendoza and Agüero-Esparza will set up a shop of their own in South Hall and during their Biennial residency they will create and sell huaraches as well as their own footwear line. They envision setting up a workshop very much like Agüero-Esparza’s dad’s shop in South Central – the machines, the materials, and the smell of leather and metal in the air. El Shop (2010) will provide the public with an opportunity to see into the nature of a specialized labor, participate in a comparison of high/low commerce, and reflect on the social issues involved.

Commissioned by ZER01 for the 3rd 01SJ Biennial, and presented with the support of the James Irvine Foundation.


 
 
Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy of the artists.

Image courtesy of the artists.