Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra
Exhibition: Manos de Oro
Media: Video, Found Objects, and Manipulated Objects
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist:
Dulce Soledad Ibarra is a senior who is completing her last year in school. She is in the College of Art’s Sculpture program; therefore, she’ll be majoring with a B.F.A. in Sculptures. Being that this is Dulce’s last year, she does plan to go to grad school. However, she plans to work for a year or two before continuing her education. Schools she has considered consist of UCLA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and local school. However, she’s aiming for a private school. Manos de Oro, was Dulce’s very first solo exhibition. Dulce’s hobbies consist of making zines, hanging out with her rabbit, Echo, working at art galleries and karaoke. Although she might not have an instgram, her rabbit certainly does. Go take a look for yourself, @echotherabbit.
The Manos de Oro exhibition consisted of 12 pieces. The majority of those 12 pieces consisted of gardening tools such as a lawn mower, a chainsaw, a tank of a weed wacker, a shovel, and a pair of fiskars. The main piece was a video of a man cleaning up the yard. The man was no other that Dulce’s father, who the exhibition was centered on. Dulce’s favorite piece of the exhibition was the video and collecting yard waste. She stated that she enjoyed filming her father and editing the footage. However, in the same esscence the video was also the most challenging piece as well. Dulce stated that the video was very difficult to edit because she had to take out so much footage. She wanted the video to get the public’s attention and also have it have some of her favorite footage. Dulce also ran into a hard time in relying on other people, being that she had to use other gardener’s tools and get yard waste from other people.
If you had the opportunity to go into the Max L. Gator Gallery East, you would’ve realized that the gallery had been transformered into a clean garden. There was the sound of machinery in the background, the smell of grass and yard waste, and the visuals of her father cutting gardening. It was all meant to help the audience see the pride she had in her father, the gardener. The fake green grass was put there for her audience to sit down and experience the video and her exhibition on a whole other level. Manos de Oro translates into hands of gold, the hands being her fathers. The inspiration of Manos de Oro came from her father, who had been a gardener for 40 years and counting. The scares and cuts on his hands symbolize all the hard work his hands have performed. The inspiration came from her father’s survival’s guilt. Dulce stated that her father took pride in his occupation because he knew that families in Mexico had a hard life.
Manos de Oro has been the most relatable exhibitions I have experienced this semester. Not because of the art pieces or the visuals, but because of it’s meaning and purpose. Dulce was able to create a beautiful exhibition on an ordinary job that many individuals see as a lower class occupation. If you simply walked into the gallery saw the pieces in the floor and watched a little clip of the video, you wouldn’t have been able to grasp the entire concept of the exhibition. The concept being that hands are one of the most important aspects that make us who we are. In this case, Dulce’s fathers worked as a gardener in order to support his family.