Paul Pescador

Paul PescadorArtist’s Statement

Personal relationships and daily interaction of people with each other and with objects forms the core of my work. I produce abstract narratives that incorporate my own real life. I utilize discount objects and utilities from places like the 99-cent Store and distinctive patterned fabrics and backdrops from the downtown L.A. garment district. Short personal situations and dramas are recorded as animated films/videos, live performances and photography.

The relationship of narrative to self and self to the stuff we consume lives within my performance work. Usually objects, fabrics and goods are shuttled around as fragments of narrated animations play in the background, creating a dispersion of human preoccupation. My photography and these animations are later repurposed and edited into experimental film. The process of recycling confuses narrative further; linear storytelling is replaced by image juxtapositions that become about the relationship of the personal to artifice.

The objects themselves can be slippery; a sponge can function like a character in one film, a prop in a performance and the figure of a still life in several photographs. Repetition and seriality are generative, and capturing the reality of an overall body project. In this way, the work as a whole works like an ongoing soap opera, in which forms and materials appear, switch roles, die off and resurrect themselves.



Select Solo Exhibitions

Color/d Vol. I-III, Park View, Los Angeles, CA

6,7 or 9, Anthony Greaney, Boston, MA

3, 4, 5 and 8, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA

1, 1 ½, 2, Human Resources at Cottage Home, Los Angeles, CA

Select Screenings

Color/d, Durham Studio Theater, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Color/d, Los Feliz 3, Los Angeles, CA

1-9, CineFamily, Los Angeles, CA

3, 4, 5, and 8, Human Resources at Vista Theater, Los Angeles, CA

Select Performances

Baby Blue, PAM Residency, Los Angeles, CA

Declaration of Instigation, LAX ART, Los Angeles, CA
Orange, KCHUNG at Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Yellow and Turquoise, Studio Winter 2014, REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA

Fellowships and Awards
LENS: Photography Council Artist, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA

Joan Mitchell Fellow New Smyrna Beach, FL

Shiela K. & James J. Peterson Community Spirit Grant


M.F.A., 2012
University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA

B.A., 2005
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA