Orlaineta's work focuses on the minutiae of everyday life, thus transforming them into sculptural forms. Inspired by modernist design and its legacy, the artist combines hybrid forms where modernist ideals and contemporary realities collide. Orlaineta has written, “My investigations into modernist ideals praise both subject and form in modern art and design, as well as the contradictory ideologies that are forced upon the work due to a certain legacy within a larger historical/cultural context. Ultimately, I try to direct attention to the transformative powers of the everyday and its relentless aspiration for a utopian way of life.” Orlaineta will produce new work for MCA Santa Barbara’s Bloom Projects gallery in the summer of 2013.
Edgar Orlaineta was born in Mexico City, where he currently lives and works. He received his MFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, and a BFA from Escuela Nacional de Pintura y Grabado, Mexico City, Mexico. His work has been shown at Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA; Casa Estudio Luis Barragan, Mexico City, Mexico; Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY; and Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA. He is represented by Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA.
Special Thanks to:
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York, NY; Susan E. Bower Exhibition Fund; Casa Magazine, Santa Barbara CA; Eric Chirnside, Santa Barbara, CA; The James Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, CA; Montecito Journal, CA; Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center, Santa Barbara, CA; Santa Barbara Independent, CA; Santa Barbara News-Press, CA; Santa Barbara Sentinel, CA; and Wayne McCall & Associates, Santa Barbara, CA.