Giant Robot 2 - GR2 Gallery is proud to present Dance The Worm, a solo exhibition by Ako Castuera.
Dance The Worm by Ako Castuera
October 26-November 13, 2019
2062 Sawtelle Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90025
Opening Reception with the Artist:
Saturday, October 26th
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
DANCE THE WORM
Central to this installation is a ceramic composter, the Temple of Worms, which incorporates compost and living worms into an offering of thanks to the soil from which clay, a primary material in Ako's work, is drawn. The temple and its dressings retell the Mexica myth of Metzli, the "lowly" God/Goddess of worms, through the imagined point of view of the worms themselves, and is a celebration of the literal and metaphoric regenerative power of soil and darkness. Photos and mementos of family and friends who have left the living world surround the temple and mark the Day of the Dead and Samhain, a time in which the borders between living and dead become permeable. Ako's practice includes teaching workshops on storytelling, local clay and compost, speaking engagements and volunteering with community groups. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States. She maintains a concurrent career in animation, and is an episode director on 'City of Ghosts' a show exploring historic communities of Los Angeles in the midst of rapid change. She is also known for her work as a writer/storyboard artist on the television show Adventure Time.
About Ako Castuera
Born in LA county and raised throughout its vast expanse,
Ako’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries though the US, and she is also known for her work as a storyboard artist and writer on the animated television show, Adventure Time.