bio

Noé Olivas (b. San Diego, California, USA) is a visual artist who received his BA in Visual Arts from the University of San Diego. During his last year at the university he initiated and developed a rolling social sculpture project that consists of a 1967 Chevy Bread-truck titled Untitled Space. The primary focus of this project is the engagement of local communities in which the vehicle can serve as an alternative, unconventional, yet utilitarian mobile space for which artists, performers, musicians, and others can conceive there work within the context of a site specific space, neighborhood, or city.

Noé’s current artwork investigates the Mexican-American identity as a Californian. He considers the relationship between labor/leisure as it fits into conceptions of femininity and masculinity, specifically by evaluating the myth of Machismo and its correlation to patriarchal culture. He depicts these notions through the use of found domestic/utilitarian objects and materials to form sculptures, drawings, and prints that generate visual puns and cultural overtones, while also aiming to highlight how these objects portray and mimic language, specifically Spanglish–the rhythmic convergence of two languages spoken in Latin-American homes.