Alberto Aguilar

Not Just Another Pretty Face 2019

Program Overview


Alberto Aguilar

My work functions as a bridge of communication and as a way to connect with others. I use language as pliable material which is formed and then put in public spaces as hand painted signs. I arrange people’s personal belongings to create new meaning. Our objects have personal meaning but when combined aesthetically with some of our other objects new meaning emerges. This can be enlightening to the owner of the objects and in some cases therapeutic. There has been multiple instances in constructing these temporary sculptures that it has helped the owner address a recent family death or a current life transition. The titles of these temporary sculptures are usually descriptive of what’s happening in the arrangement but also references the deeper meaning that has emerged. The owner’s name is put in parenthesis as part of the title acknowledging it also as portraiture. I make factual accounts allowing poetry to emerge from the act of doing. I use materials that are readily available, sourced from my current work site. Rather than working in a studio I make work at my current location in the world, which allows me to interact with others. I use line as a way to bring the viewer with me on a journey. I use photography as a way to bring the viewer with me on a journey. I use regularity and repetition to fill time and space and reach an end which is a form of resolution and a portal to a new direction.





$800 - $5,000

For more information or to commission a unique work of art through Not Just Another Pretty Face, contact Maria Nelson at or 773.324.5520 x1014.