Residency Art Gallery is extremely pleased to present 3B Collective’s group exhibition titled Highways & Byways. This exhibition will run from October 23rdthrough December 18th with an opening reception that will take place on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 from 6pm to 9pm. Members of the 3B Collective that will contribute to Highways & Byways include Alfredo Diaz, Aaron Estrada, Michael Khosravifard, Gustavo Martinez and Oscar Magallanes.

Drawn at dawn over bridges
Beyond the barricades and ricochets
Beneath the broken concrete
There, embedded in the ancestral clay
We find our way.
On railways, in subways
Even on the toxic LAX runways
Down alleys and amongst the elite
Between jails and chemtrails
We’ve seen what is underway.
Despite convictions and evictions
Interspersed in the fraying layers of histories and paint
Undulating between the heat of the street
Amongst the highways & byways
We find a way.

With the current conversation around the environment, systemic racism, and monuments along with unseen labor, this exhibition uses massive infrastructure projects like freeways and megadevelopments as the nexus in addressing issues of erasure and equity in BIPOC communities. We look at the parallel histories of various Los Angeles communities that have become the victims of “progress” and the aesthetics that arise from colonialism, concrete, cultural iconography, and lowrider custom car culture. The connection between urban renewal and gentrification is undisputed. The works presented serve to facilitate a visual conversation between the works and the viewer with their disparate cultural iconography and representations of urban landscapes. The relationship that develops between the aesthetics that arise from urban renewal, and megadevelopments questioning both the construction of these icons, structures, and stadiums and what lies beneath them both physically and ideologically.

About The 3B Collective

3B is a collective of artists and designers that along with producing individual works, create site-specific installations, public artworks, and murals. All of the collective members come from immigrant and indigenous families and are committed to providing a platform for inclusive works which encourage pride and recognition of the different facets in our communities. The collective’s work addresses social inequities by creating public works that would not be possible as individuals, sharing resources, and providing peer support.

 

The murals of East and South Los Angeles like those of every Chicano community have traditionally served as cultural markers, documenting stories and often serving as coded pneumonic devices for the communities in which they exist. They are a visual representation of generational traditions and rituals. Their first exposure to art was the murals and placasos in our barrios. In their public works, the group honors the educational aspects and the tradition of storytelling that murals have. The collective strives to create conversations around the stories of decolonization and the daily life of our communities through publicly accessible works.

 

3B Collective produces their own work and collaborates with other artists, institutions, and galleries on large-scale, site-specific installations and murals. Five of the six members met during their undergraduate studies at UCLA. All of the members hail from multiple areas of Los Angeles and are committed to providing a platform for inclusive works that encourage pride and recognition of the different facets of their communities. All their works start with the indigenous history of the space and follow the timeline to the present, paying homage to the ancestral lands that we stand on. 3B Collective strives to provide a visual representation of resilience and inclusivity found within the local community. Their focus on understanding the context of each project allows them to use the knowledge gained about the place, its residents, and its history to inform our creative process. As children of first-generation immigrant parents, they appreciated the storytelling and educational aspects that murals in our communities provided. In reaction to the erasure and destruction of these murals, they came together to create permanent artworks that can continue to honor a community’s history and help educate those unfamiliar with these histories. These projects work to create a sense of belonging along with promoting the role that public works play in placemaking for those in the communities in which they are installed.