Opening Reception: Cicatrices

March 1, 2019 @ 6:00 PM – March 30, 2019 @ 11:00 PM
Presa House Gallery
725 S. Presa Street San Antonio
TX 78210
Rigoberto Luna
(210) 445-6997

Presa House is proud to present a solo exhibition by multidisciplinary artist and Joan Mitchell Foundation grantee Jose Villalobos. In Cicatrices, Villalobos juxtaposes distress with a feeling of comfort deriving from patriarchal and religious social structures which marginalize gay identity. Using found objects, he manipulates material through the context of self-identity as he examines gender roles within family culture. Villalobos demonstrates that dismantling traditional modes of masculine identity center an interstitial space where materiality softens the virility. In his work Villalobos protests the toxicity of machismo though the use of objects, specifically within the norteño culture, that carry a history by deconstructing and altering them. Although new forms are created he demonstrates the battle between the acceptance being a maricón and assimilating to the cultural expectations.  ***This exhibition MAY NOT BE SUITABLE for all ages.***


Jose Villalobos grew up on the US/Mexico border in El Paso, TX, and was raised in a traditional conservative family. His oeuvre reconciles the identity challenges in his life, caught in between traditional Mexican customs and American mores, as well as growing up with religious ideals that contrast with being gay. In his artistic practice, Villalobos explores traditionally “masculine” objects and softens the virility of these objects. Villalobos received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2016. He was awarded the Artist Lab Fellowship Grant that same year for his work De La Misma Piel at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. Since then Villalobos has been awarded the Joan Micthell Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2018. He has exhibited and performed at Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX; El Paso Museum of Art, TX; El Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juarez, Mexico; and Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, TX.