JUSTIN AND ISABEL FAVELA
November 29, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Reception December 13, [6-9 pm]
Using Favela’s signature piñata style, the large nativity scene is inspired by traditional Mexican constructions, and in particular his own grandmother Isabel’s creative scenes. Both Favelas traveled to Longmont to direct construction and installation of the project in late November.
Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, and known for large-scale installations and sculptures that manifest his interactions with American pop culture and the Latinx experience, Justin Favela has exhibited his work both internationally and across the United States.
His installations have been commissioned by the Denver Art Museum in Colorado and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas. His latest major project, Puente Nuevo, is on view at the Amon Carter Museum or American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, through June of 2020. He is the recipient of the 2018 Alan Turing LGTBIQ Award for International Artist.
Favela hosts two culture-oriented podcasts, “Latinos Who Lunch” and “The Art People Podcast.” He holds a BFA in fine art from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Over thirty volunteers and students gathered over the course of four days to create the various elements of the construction: from cutting paper strips to assembling grassy areas and paper flowers. The structure leaves room for additions to be made during the month of December. Look for new animals, buildings and details created locally by students and volunteers.