August 24, 2014
2780 W Casitas Ave
Los Angeles, CA
Please join us for building: a simulacrum of power, a performance by Rafa Esparza with artist Rebeca Hernandez on the site of Michael Parker’s The Unfinished. For this new work Esparza has held with his parents and siblings a collaborative, labor intensive residency prompted by the historical precedents of power and labor dynamics referenced in Parker’s The Unfinished.
In a continuation of working both with his family and with adobe brick making, Esparza invited his 4 brothers, his sister, and his parents to assist in making enough adobe bricks to cover the entire 137’ long obelisk. For apprx. 3 weeks the bricks have been molded and dried onsite using water from the L.A. river and resources made available by the Esparza family, Clockshop, California State Parks and Michael Parker. Once completed the bricks will be laid atop The Unfinished, where Esparza and Hernandez will stage movement-based performances engaging the bricked surface, the LA River and the sun.
This event is free and open to the public.