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Artist Talk: Wednesday, February 12 @ 6pm (Huber Aud)
Sculptor Pete Hoffecker Mejia creates colorful assemblages of wood and found objects, calling attention to Eurocentric narratives of abstraction to obfuscate pioneering works of Latin American modernism and the hybrid identities this movement forged in response to colonization.
Pete Hoffecker Mejia’s work is engaged in the exploration and mediation of intersectional cultural identity, hierarchies of representation, and the politics of abstraction. His structures investigate the blurred points of contact resulting from estrangement, while also looking at the continuing impacts of colonialism.
Born in Bogotá, Colombia, and raised in the United States, Hoffecker Mejía received his BFA from the University of Memphis and an MFA from Indiana University. His work has appeared in print and online magazines including New American Paintings, Create! Magazine and Peripheral Vision Press. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Studios at MASS MoCA, Ox-Bow School of Art, the Vermont Studio Center, and others. He is currently Assistant Professor at Western Oregon University.
Visit the artist’s website here.