Conversations: Karl Haendel and Mario Ybarra Jr.
Artist(s)/Author(s): Mario Ybarra Jr.
Keywords: Slanguage, Wilmington
Publisher: Anna Helwing Gallery
Reference Number: ST.33941.YB
Acquisition Date: 9/9/2022
Collection: John Burtle Collection
Donated By: John Burtle
The initial idea for the series came when Mario and I had dinner sometime in 2006 or so in London, got kind of drunk, decided our gallery (Anna Helwing, where we both used to show) needed something extra, came up with a book series where her artists would interview each other, and the gallery would publish the books. We then drunkenly called Anna in Los Angeles and told her our plan to raise the level of discourse at the gallery. It most likely failed, as the gallery closed in 2008 and only one book in the series was ever made. But in that sense its a nice relic of the first gallery to open in Culver City, and an exciting time period of recent Los Angeles art history. — Karl Haendel