LabEPMA provides emerging regional artists an opportunity to exhibit one work of art in any media accompanied by a 30-minute discussion of their work. There are four exhibits per year, and the work is exhibited for a three-month period. This special program is tailored to highlight the work of area artists, promote creative production, and provide a platform for contemporary discussion.
Abel Saucedo is an El Paso artist born in 1984. In 2009 he garnered international media attention when he exhibited a controversial series of piñatas depicting decapitated, cartoonish heads with gunshot wounds, referencing the on-going drug-related violence in Ciudad Juárez. Tunnel Runner, a new work created for LabEPMA by El Paso artist Abel Saucedo, comments on the contemporary politics of border control in an age when millions of refugees attempt to migrate for survival and a better life. Saucedo’s mixed-media assemblage utilizes actual shoe store display racks combined with the collected footwear of immigrants who have crossed into the United States through the Mexican border. Saucedo depicts everyday situations to speak out about social, cultural, and political issues surrounding the binational border experience.Artists interested in being featured in LabEPMA click here to see application instructions.