Perpetual Flowering, 2019
At Vincent Price Art Museum
In their first solo museum exhibition, Edgar Fabián Frías transforms the gallery into a multi-disciplinary offering/sanctuary/portal, mixing video testimonials, digital imagery, flower essences, and interactive elements to create an environment that encourages contemplation as well as altered states of awareness. Perpetual Flowering foregrounds the importance of self – care, creating community, and ways in which we may hold space for each other. Collectively, Fabián Frías’s works create an environment conducive to empathy and understanding, and one that reflects an intersection of various sectors the artist engages with including art practice, community organizing, therapy, ceremony, healing practices, and spirituality rooted in the sacred knowledge of their indigenous heritage. Their installation encourages the dissolution of boundaries between these areas, weaving together personal and collective narratives.
A descendant of the Wixarika, Fabián Frías organizes the installation utilizing colors associated with the sacred directions, and also re-interprets ancient ceremonial songs into contemporary music videos. Perpetual Flowering also includes a series of video testimonials that bear witness to the experiences of selected participants living in the Los Angeles area and in Tulsa, Oklahoma, offering opportunities for the viewer to connect to stories that may resonate across communities. Highly stylized digital imagery, incorporating sacred and natural elements, is presented in diverse forms evoking a home environment, such as printed shower curtains and pillows. The artist also includes sacred objects, as well as a unique flower essence charged with natural elements that are native to East Los Angeles created in collaboration with artist and herbalist Saewon Oh. Additionally, Fabián Frías collaborated with Oh on a zine that is also on view, and the two will lead a flower essence making ceremony, open to the public, to take place during the run of the exhibition.
All photos by Monica Orozco