FRANCO MONDINI-RUIZ, Feast without Famine
4 April - 10 May 2008
Frederieke Taylor gallery is pleased to present its third one person show with Franco Mondini-Ruiz, opening on Friday, April 4th. Well known for his over-the-top sculptural vignettes and multitude of paintings, small and large, the Tejano artist will present a vast array of new objects in all sizes and formats.
A true, non-stop feast of visual and conceptual delights will await the visitor to Mondini-Ruiz's exhibit/art buffet, consisting of a collection of new sculptures, porcelains, art world piñatas, and paintings in all sizes. He will offer an ever-changing array of art goodies ranging in price from $10.00 to $10,000.00, ensuring no one goes away hungry. The artist will be on the premises throughout the show serving art, conversation, and strategies for a utopic, better world of feast without famine. The performance aspect of the show continues the tradition of the "botanica" established by the artist in San Antonio in the mid-nineties, and the Infinito Botanica, the stand in front of the Whitney Museum where he sold small objects and knick-knacks as part of his participation in the 2000 Whitney Biennial.
Franco Mondini-Ruiz was named one of the "25 Movers and Shakers" in ArtNews. His work has been featured in numerous museums and international shows and he has been awarded many prestigious grants and prizes. Recent exhibitions include the Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ in 2008, the Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY, 2007, the Museo Alameda, San Antonio 2007, the Prague Biennial 2005, "Botanica Los Angeles" at UCLA Fowler Museum 2004, Marfa Ballroom, Marfa, Texas 2004, "Ultrabaroque" in 2002, and the Whitney Biennial 2000. Franco Mondini-Ruiz is part of "Re-Mix", an exhibition in June 2008 at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York.
Some of the grants awarded to the artist have been the Rome Prize 2004, the Creative Capital Grant 2002, 2001, the Joan Mitchell Grant 2001, the Pollock-Krasner Grant 2000, and Art Pace Grant 1999. In 2006, D.A.P. published his book "High Pink", available at the gallery, where Mondini-Ruiz mixes personal narratives with images of the sculptures that were featured in his first solo show with the gallery in 2002. The artist lives and works in New York and San Antonio, Texas.