Pilar Agüero-Esparza
In her recent body of work, Agüero-Esparza presents the viewer with abstractions created using the skin tone palette of the Color Your World: Crayola Multicultural Crayons set. Referencing Joseph Albers’ color theory in the title of the exhibition, Agüero-Esparza’s leather, fabric and paper works explore the idea of a “racialized abstraction” connecting her mixed media works to colorism and the personal experience and representation of one’s color. In the evocative quote below, although Albers is referring to the visual perception of chromatic color, his language is tinged with words that connote experiencing color as having social implications.
“As “gentlemen prefer blondes,” so everyone has preference for certain colors and prejudices against others. This applies to color combinations as well. It seems good that we are of different tastes. As it is with people in our daily life, so it is with color. We change, correct, or reverse our opinions about colors, and this change of opinion may shift forth and back. Therefore, we try to recognize our preferences and our aversions—what colors dominate in our work; what colors, on the other hand, are rejected, disliked, or of no appeal. Usually a special effort in using disliked colors ends with our falling in love with them.”  
–Josef Albers, Interaction of Color, 1963
 

Color Perception
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception mixed media
Color Perception
2018
mixed media
variable

Solo exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, April 22 to June 3, 2018.
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception mixed media
Color Perception
2018
mixed media
variable

Installation view.
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception Crayon, color pencil, paper, on mixed media board
Skin Tone Chart: white, apricot, peach, tan, burnt sienna, mahogany, sepia, black
2017
Crayon, color pencil, paper, on mixed media board
22"x25.5" (framed)

Collage drawing
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception Leather, acrylic, wood panel, nails
Untitled
2018
Leather, acrylic, wood panel, nails
18"x18"

woven leather
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception Leather, acrylic, wood panel, nails

2017-2018
Leather, acrylic, wood panel, nails

Woven leather, installation view
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception Leather, acrylic, wood panel, nails
Untitled
2018
Leather, acrylic, wood panel, nails
8"x8"
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception Leather, acrylic, wood panel, nails
Untitled
2018
Leather, acrylic, wood panel, nails
8"x8"
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception Leather, acrylic, wood panel, nails
Untitled
2018
Leather, acrylic, wood panel, nails
8"x8"
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception Leather, acrylic, wood panel, nails
Untitled
2018
Leather, acrylic, wood panel, nails
8"x8"
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception Leather, acrylic, wood panel, nails
Untitled
2018
Leather, acrylic, wood panel, nails
8"x8"
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception Leather, acrylic, wood panel, nails
Untitled
2018
Leather, acrylic, wood panel, nails
8"x8"
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception mixed media
Color Perception
2018
mixed media
variable

Installation view.
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception silk cotton
Dresses for Linda Brown (Brown vs. Board of Education)
2018
silk cotton
child size 8, women size 16

dress on left child size 8, dress on right women size 16
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception Crayon, color pencil, on mixed media board
Skin 2: sepia
2018
Crayon, color pencil, on mixed media board
38"x29" (framed)
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception Crayon, color pencil, on mixed media board
Skin 1: black
2018
Crayon, color pencil, on mixed media board
38"x29" (framed)
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception Crayon, color pencil, paper, on mixed media board

2017-18
Crayon, color pencil, paper, on mixed media board
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception Crayon, color pencil, paper, on mixed media board
Skin Tone 12: peach, tan, burnt sienna, mahogany, sepia, black
2018
Crayon, color pencil, paper, on mixed media board
14.75"x14.25" (framed)

Woven paper, collage drawing
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception Crayon, color pencil, paper, on mixed media board
Skin Tone 6: tan, burnt sienna
2017
Crayon, color pencil, paper, on mixed media board
14.75"x14.25" (framed)

Woven paper, collage drawing
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception Crayon, color pencil, paper, on mixed media board
Skin Tone 8: burnt sienna, mahogany, tan, sepia, black
2018
Crayon, color pencil, paper, on mixed media board
14.75"x14.25" (framed)

Paper, collage drawing
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception Crayon, color pencil, paper, on mixed media board
Skin Tone 9: peach, apricot, tan, burnt sienna, mahogany, sepia, black
2018
Crayon, color pencil, paper, on mixed media board
14.75"x14.25" (framed)

Woven paper, collage drawing
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception mixed media
Color Perception
2018
mixed media
variable

Installation view.
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception silk cotton
Color Contrast Wall
2018
silk cotton
10'x14'

installation view
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception silk cotton
Color Contrast Wall
2018
silk cotton
10'x14'
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception mixed media
Color Perception
2018
mixed media
variable
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception Crayon, color pencil, paper, on mixed media board
Spectrum: peach, apricot, burnt sienna, mahogany, sepia, black
2018
Crayon, color pencil, paper, on mixed media board
20"x17" (framed)

Collage drawing
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception Crayon, color pencil, paper, on mixed media board
Steps & Columns: apricot, peach, tan, burnt sienna, mahogany, sepia, black
2018
Crayon, color pencil, paper, on mixed media board
26"x22" (framed)

Collage drawing
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception Crayon on paper, cotton silk
Skin, Territories, Flag: burnt sienna
2018
Crayon on paper, cotton silk
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception Crayon, color pencil, paper, on mixed media board
Skin Tone 1: apricot, peach, burnt sienna, mahogany
2017
Crayon, color pencil, paper, on mixed media board
26"x22" (framed)

Collage drawing
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception Wood, crayon, acrylic gesso
Refurbished lasts from my father’s collection
2017
Wood, crayon, acrylic gesso
24"x24"x4"

child lasts sizes 2, 3
Pilar Agüero-Esparza Color Perception Wood, crayon, acrylic gesso
Refurbished lasts from my father’s collection
2017
Wood, crayon, acrylic gesso
24"x24"x4"

child lasts sizes 2, 3
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