Surplus is a rejection of the reductionist nature of the idea of an American melting pot. By gathering cultural contexts from different walks of the diaspora, we strip away the palatability of said expectations and create an abundance of cultural collaboration separate from the dulling nature of colonial culture.
Sarita Garcia’s work is informed by architectural spaces of her vernacular culture, using an image archive of markets to talk about consumerism, identity and cultural hubs. These “Fantasyscapes” showcase a vocabulary of iconography as a means to empower and remix the reality of these spaces.
Luck’s work focuses on decolonizing modern imagery and media, and re-imagining globalization and the self by breaking down diplomatic and emotional borders through collage.
Sarita Garcia is a multidisciplinary artist and educator based in Chicago, IL and born and raised in South Texas. Garcia received her Bachelors of Fine Arts with a major in Fiber & Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently a candidate in the SAIC Art Education department receiving her Master of Art in Arts Education. Garcia has exhibited her work in multiple cultural institutions in Chicago such as the National Museum of Mexican Art, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago Art Department, ACRE and Sullivan Galleries. Nationally Garcia has shown in Laband Art Gallery Los Angeles,CA, City Gallery San Diego, CA, and Blue Star Contemporary San Antonio, Texas.
Bobby T Luck is a visual artist and education activist based in Columbus, Ohio who works in film, multimedia collage, and installation. After relocating to Columbus from Philadelphia he jump-started the Free Skool for Humans initiative, co-founded MINT Collective, and teaches collage and film theory workshops across the country.