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RAW: Craft, Commodity, and Capitalism


  • Craft Contemporary 5814 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90036 United States (map)

September 29, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Opening for the show is 28 September 2019 6pm-9pm

RAW features nine contemporary artists who work with a range of commodities as artistic material to explore the historical and contemporary effects of global capitalism. Their deliberate use of these materials acknowledges the complex and enduring legacy of capitalistic structures, such as slavery, colonialism, and industrialization, and their human and environmental impact. Through their work, these artists reveal the biographical and historical narratives encapsulated in each commodity, allowing audiences to question their own relationship to these materials. Works in the exhibition will include sculptural pieces and installations created from cotton, sugar, copper, salt, porcelain, water, and other materials. Exhibition artists: Charmaine Bee, Atul Bhalla, Sonya Clark, Raksha Parekh, Jovencio de la Paz, Ignacio Perez Meruane, Amor Muñoz, Juana Valdes, and Ken + Julia Yonetani.

This exhibition is funded in part by the Pasadena Art Alliance. Exhibition research was supported by a Craft Research Fund grant from the Center for Craft.



Earlier Event: September 29
Faux Frau Training