Yautepec Gallery is pleased to present "Come Clean," its first individual exposition for Mexico City-based artist, Mallinali Rubalcaba (b. Mexico City, 1983).
Through a production process of focused abandon involving psychedelic drugs, Rubalcaba has created a new body of collage and sculptural work that excavates the internalized, unconscious, and repressed, reconstructing his own identity in piecemeal within a contemporary surrealistic language.
As "Come Clean" is a command expecting a confession in return, the introspective, emotional nature of Rubalcaba's work attempts to shed the distancing protection of irony in pursuit of some still undefined (and perhaps unobtainable) existential truth. This vulnerability sometimes risks sentimentalism or a sense of oversharing but speaks to a clear generational desire—or even need—to project publicly what was heretofore private. It represents a craving for connectedness—between the artist and his friends, family, lovers, and unrequited loves—with a tacit acknowledgment that the always-on condition of contemporary social interaction only increases the pang to connect and the pleasure of the return signal.