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Jaime Muñoz: Truth Is A Moving Target

Image. Jaime Muñoz. Life, 2020. Acrylic, glitter, texture paste, and paper on panel 48” x 72” inches. Collection of Kim and Casey Sadler © Jaime Muñoz. Used with permission, all rights reserved.

June 28, 2024 – January 26, 2025

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes presents Jaime Muñoz: Truth Is A Moving Target, the artist’s first solo museum exhibition featuring large-scale mixed-media paintings and ink diagram drawings. Muñoz’s body of work navigates themes of labor commodification, the conflict between colonial history, notions of modernity, and reveals nuanced narratives often overlooked. Through his decorative and symbolic imagery, he challenges myths about the American experience.

Muñoz utilizes industrial techniques and processes that effectively conceal his hand within the work. Yet, the pieces maintain a craft-like quality, adorned with paper appliqués, glitter, and velvet, with imagery that reveal layers of sparrows, butterflies, flowers, geometric borders, and ancient cosmic deities, inviting viewers to contemplate deeper meanings and find guidance within. As a first-generation Chicano, Muñoz’s visual language draws from his personal experiences. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Southern California, he pursued painting and design while working in structural concrete and temp warehouse labor in San Bernardino County. This period has been significantly informative to the way Muñoz sees and thinks about the world.

 

Pictured is artwork titled "LA Commute" illustrating graphic of light blue toyota truck view from the backImage: Jaime Muñoz LA Commute, 2019 Acrylic, airbrush, and glitter on panel 60” x 48” inches Collection of Weston and Hilary Cookler ©Jaime Muñoz, Used with permission, all rights reserved.

Image 1. Jaime Muñoz. LKQ Pick-A-Part, 2020. Acrylic, airbrush, glitter, and flocking on wood panel 60” x 48” inches  Collection of Ben and Monika Wiener © Jaime Muñoz. Used with permission, all rights reserved.
Image 2. Jaime Muñoz Toyotería, 2020. Acrylic, airbrush, glitter, and flocking on panel 60” x 48” inches The Masi Kolb Collection © Jaime Muñoz. Used with permission, all rights reserved.

Curated by Karen Crews Hendon, LA Plaza Director of Exhibitions and Senior Curator in partnership with Jaime Muñoz, the selection of work in this exhibit comes from multiple private collections and presents a chronological and aesthetic evolution of Muñoz’s work from 2019 to 2024, including his Toyotería and Blood Memory series, offering a comprehensive exploration of his artistic evolution and thematic depth. The exhibition also displays the artist’s process through his collection of sketchbooks and features a new biographic film produced by LA Plaza.