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.