Kevin B. Chen
Tracey Snelling
Mexicalichina (detail), 2011
Wood, metal, paint, fake landscaping, lights, electroluminescent wire, LCD screens, media players, speakers, transformer 
Courtesy of the artist & Rena Bransten Gallery

Tracey Snelling is known for both her miniature and life-size sculptures. Through manipulation of scale, she creates worlds that simultaneously reference real places while invoking archetypal ideas of place. Drawing upon recent trips and residencies in China and Mexico, she creates a hybridized world that combines public street elements that characterize both areas, including billboards, signs, architecture, and props. As immigration continues to change the face of the U.S., Snelling’s work indexes how communities throughout California look and feel, from East Los Angeles to East Oakland, Monterey Park to the Mission District.

Chico & Chang

June 11 - August 20, 2011
Intersection for the Arts
San Francisco, CA

Photo credit: Scott Chernis
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